Phillies Keep on Keeping On

The Philadelphia Phillies keep on keeping on. The Red-Hot Phillies (67-64) went in Nationals Park to take on the slumping, Washinton Nationals (55-74) in the opener of the series. Philly has now won four straight, and, for the fifth consecutive game, posted 7 runs in the 7-4 victory. The Phils also have scored in the first inning in the last three tilts. Philadelphia made some pre-games moves, releasing Chase Anderson and placing Didi Gregorius on paternity leave.

The man the Nats fans love to hate, Bryce Harper crushed a two-run shot that also scored Odubel Herra to put the visitors to a 2-0 lead that they would lose. The 381-foot moonshot was Harper’s 100th at Nationals Park. Andrew McCutchen scored on a Freddy Galvis ground out to close the inning with a 3-0 edge.

The Comeback

Washington struck back in the second inning with a Lane Thomas single to left that chased Carter Kieboom home Adrian Sanchez hit into a fielder’s choice that Luis Garcia scored on to cut it to a 3-2 game. Ronald Torreyes slammed a ball that hit the base of the fence to allow Harper, Brad Miller, and Freddy Galvis to make it home safely and, by the time Torreyes stopped running, he had a triple and blew the game open, 6-2.

The Grand Finale

Kierboom lowered the boom with a 395 foot home run to make it a three-run game, but, Brad Miller would counter with a homer of his own to get it back to a four-run differential. How good was Miller on this night? 3 for 3 with a pair of walks. Not too shabby. Juan Soto scampered home on a wild pitch to bring us to the 7-4 final score.

And Another Thing

Harper went 2 for 5. Zack Wheeler didn’t have his “A” game, but, was good enough to raise his record to 11-9. Wheeler went 6 innings surrendering 5 hits, 4 earned runs, 4 walks while fanning 4. Connor Brogdon, Archie Bradley, and, picking up his 5th save, Jose Alvardo, who pitched out of runners on first and second with outs jam. Alvado had his fastball working at topped out at 91 mph. Washington continues to free-fall and has now dropped 3 straight, 5 of 6, and 19 of 25. The Philadelphia Phillies keep on keeping on.

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.