Phillies Squeeze One Out, 4-3

Phillies squeeze one out against the Marlins. Another in a long line of head-scratching games for the Phillies, saw them pull out a 4-3 decision in ten innings. In what has become the new normal, a “bullpen game’ witnessed a combined 14 pitchers with the Phils using nine, yes, nine pitchers. Sam Coonrod, Bailey Falter, Ramon Russo, Connor Brogdon, Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris, Cam Bedrosian, Archie Bradley, and Ian Kennedy each saw action.

What About the Game?

The Phillies offense, which had been lighting up opposing pitching for a week, has suddenly been pretty much silenced and has put the team into a “must-win” every game situation. An Isan Diaz fielder’s choice ground ball gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead before Bryce Harper launched his 27th home run that knotted things at 1-1. Freddy Galvis notched his second home in two games, this one a two-run shot that gave Philadelphia a short-lived lead at 3-1. Bryan De La Cruz launched a solo shot that cut to a 3-2 affair but, De La Cruz wasn’t quite finished and got things even with a fielder’s choice groundball.

And Then What?

After the cavalcade of Phillies pitchers, Ian Kennedy had his best appearance since being acquired at the deadline. Kennedy fanned four Marlins in his two innings of work and left the ghost runner stranded in the final inning. But, before that, the struggling Odubel Herrera, 0 for 9 in the series, came up in the 10th and knocked the game-winning single. Like most Phils games this season, this one had yet another head-scratching moment in the 6th inning. JT Realmuto doubled to start the inning and that brought up Bryce Harper. In a move that everyone, including the parking attendants, shrugging their shoulders.

The franchise centerpiece promptly squared around and bunted! It was the decision of Harper and Joe Girardi to issue a “no comment” when asked about it after the game. The sacrifice was successful but, Philadelphia couldn’t get Realmuto to cross the plate. Philly remains two games behind Atlanta and two and a half games behind San Diego who leap-frogged Cincinnati for the second Wild Card spot. Off to Milwaukee with Zack Wheeler matching up against Brandon Woodruff. Phillies squeeze one out.

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.