Phillies Lose Heartbreaking Contest

Phillies lose a heartbreaking 2-1 contest against the Washington Nationals. Baserunning blunder or spectacular play? In the 9th inning with Philadelphia down by a 2-1 score. Rhys Hoskins barely missed a home run and settled for a double. Manager Joe Girardi opted to insert Travis Jankowski to run for Hoskins. What happened next would be the rarest of rare baseball plays.

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How It All Went Down

A pitch skimmed the dirt and was caught by the Nationals catcher, Alex Avila. He immediately checked to see where Jankowski was. He ended up in no man’s land between second and third. Avila made a beeline to Jankowski and pump-faked a throw which froze the Phils runner. Avila tracked him down and earned the unheard of a 2 unassisted put out.

“Yeah, that’s what ended up happening,” Avila said. “I know for sure I gave him one pump fake once I was probably about eight feet away from him or so, just to see if he would break towards the third closer to me after pump faking towards J-Hay. He did, but then I think he thought I was going to continue and then he turned around again. In my 13 years, I’ve kinda had a little bit of both on different teams I’ve been on, as far as a rundown play, whether you should have the ball in your hand, whether to pump fake, stuff like that.

You want the runner to see the ball in your hand, and there’s nothing wrong with a pump fake to get the runner to make a decision. That way it makes your job a little bit easier to make a decision. There are situations where you just give up the ball, but that was a situation where you’re not giving up the ball until you have to, because that is the tying run.”

Pitchers Duel

The play overshadowed a tremendous old-fashioned pitching duel between Max Scherzer and Zack Wheeler. Scherzer was masterful in his 7 2/3 innings allowing 5 hits one of which was an RBI single from JT Realmuto, walking only one and notching 9 strikeouts.

Wheeler nearly matched Scherzer’s line with 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, Josh Bell had an RBI double and Juan Soto hit what amounted to the game-winning home run in the 6th inning. Wheeler gave up the two runs and walked two while striking out 8. Phillies lose a heartbreaking 2-1 contest against the Washington Nationals.

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.