The Phillies Continue to Roll

The Philadelphia Phillies continue to roll. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bryce Harper is laying claim, although it’s early, as MVP of the National League. Harper was on base five times, with a 3 for 4 to lead team Philadelphia to a 10 inning, 12-10 victory over the (20-11) Los Angeles Dodgers in a Friday/ Saturday marathon. I say Friday/Saturday because the affair ended at 2:30 AM in the East. A downside is the bullpen was heavily taxed with six relievers joining the fun.

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Kyle Gibson was largely ineffective with 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up 8 hits, 6 earned runs, a walk, and a strikeout. James Norwood, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Hand, Nick Nelson, Jeurys Familia, and with his first MLB save, Francisco Morales. The Dodgers were hit with bad news with Clayton Kershaw being placed on the 10-day injury list with a hip issue. Walker Buehler replaced him and got lit up.

To the Festivities:

Things kicked off in the top of the second when Bryson Stott, on base five times, knocked a two-run single. The Dodgers batted around in the third inning with the highlight being a Chris Taylor solo shot. LA put up five runs to make a five to one contest. That lead lasted until the Phillies 4th when Phillies fans would flashback to the Mammoth Matt Stairs blast. This one was from Kyle Schwarber on a 430-foot three-run bomb.

Alex Vesia took the mound and promptly found himself in a jam. Johan Camargo singled with Bryson Stott and Schwarber both drawing walks. That would be all for Vesia and Evan Phillips entered, greeted by an Alec Bohm SAC fly and Harper knocking a two-run double. The Dodgers countered with a run but Nick Castellanos stayed hot with an RBI single to make it an 8-6 Philadelphia edge. Harper would strike again with his 8th homer that got it to a 9-7 score.

Phillies California Roll Continues

Jeurys Familia was victimized on a Justin Turner two-run shot and the save was blown. On to the 10th with Roman Quinn starting at second as the Ghost Runner. An infield ground out to the right side pushed Quinn to third. Harper was given an intentional pass to set the stage for Castellanos who smashed a two-run double down the left-field line. Not quite satisfied, Castellanos decided to snatch third, Catcher, Austin Barnes threw wildly with Castellanos scoring to make 12-9.

Francisco Morales entered for the second MLB appearance for the 22-year-old. Despite a rocky inning in which he surrendered a run, Morales shut down the Dodgers to collect his first career save.

“We just have to come out here tomorrow and do the same thing, We can’t lay down or anything like that. That’s a great team over there.”

Bryce Harper
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The offense is doing what everyone expected. Alec Bohm went 2 for 5 with an RBI. Castellanos knocked in three on his 2 for 6, Stott had a break-out performance going 2 for 3 with a trio of runs knocked in.

Back to Bryce:

How hot is he? In his last eight games, he is batting .469 with 10 extra-base hits. Five of which have come in the last two games. 22 XBH leads baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies continue to roll in California.

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.