Never a Doubt…Not

Never a doubt in our minds. Ok, maybe a little. The Philadelphia Phillies (15-17) nearly duplicated the blown lead against New York last week. The Los Angeles Dodgers (20-10), trailed 7-1 but chipped away before falling, 9-7. The Phils contributed long balls again with Bryce Harper and Johan Camargo taking balls out of Dodger Stadium.

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To the Action

Philly scored in five of the first six innings with Harper blasting a 344-foot shot off Dodger starter, Tyler Anderson. Anderson remains without a loss despite his 6 innings, 10 hits, and 7 runs with five strikeout performances.

Kyle Schwarber plated player of the game, Jean Segura. Segura currently holds a league-best 10-game hit streak. Johan Camargo blasted a 374-foot shot that scored Schwarber ahead of him for a 4-0 advantage. Cody Bellinger countered and went further, 385 feet to close the gap to 4-1.

Segura showed his speed and savvy by scoring on a Schwarber SAC Fly….to second base!!! Gavin Lux was caught napping and Segura took advantage to get it to 5-1. Alec Bohm notched his first career triple and was chased him on Bryce Harper’s 11th double of the season.

Schwarber went back to work, scoring JT Realmuto on another SAC Fly to push it to a 7-1 Phil’s lead. Then, the tables began to turn when Will Smith (not that one) chased home Trea Turner and Muncy with a double. The Dodgers stayed hot and evened the score in their half of the eighth started by Smith scoring Freddie Freeman on a single. Justin Turner kept things going with a two-run double followed by a Chris Taylor hit that plated Smith to make it 7-7.

Nerve Racking

Daniel Hudson took the mound for the Dodgers in the ninth with bad results for the home team. Hudson uncorked a wild pitch to score Odubel Herrera with Rhys Hoskins taking third and Alec Bohm advancing to second. Harper continued his big night with a SAC fly plating Hoskins.

Corey Knebel came in to attempt to lock the thrilling contest down. Hold that thought ..a flashback to the Mets implosion came to the forefront. Bases loaded, no outs… Unlike the New York game, Knebel worked his way out of the jam with a fly to right from Austin Bares, one to left from Bellinger, and finally, Herrera caught the last out in center.

“We can’t let that happen again, It’s not what good teams do. It’s not what teams that are fighting to win a championship or fighting to be the best team in the league — it’s not what those teams do.” Bryce Harper was a bit emphatic post-game.

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Never a Doubt

The Phillies bats are doing what was expected going into the season. Harper went 2 for 4 with RBIs, 20,21, and 22 with a run scored. Segura continues to produce with his 2 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base. Kyle Schwarber broke out of a mini-slump with 1 for 3 night with a pair of runs knocked in.

Pitching-wise, Zach Wheeler was activated and went 5 1/3 surrendering 6 hits, and 3 runs while fanning 7 and walking one. Andrew Bellotti was credited for the win with just 2/3 of an inning. Knebel struggled with a pair of walks but persevered to pick up the save. Never a doubt in our minds.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.