Phillies Take Over First With 4-2 Victory

Phillies take over first! The Philadelphia Phillies have replaced the New York Mets as Division leaders with a 4-2 victory on Friday night. Newly acquired, Kyle Gibson and the surging, Bryce Harper were the main stories in the defeat of the rival Mets.

Gibson went 6 innings in which he allowed 1 earned run off 4 hits, 4 walks while striking out 3. Gibson also chipped in on the offense with an RBI single to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. Didi Gregorius started the party with a mammoth home-run but Dominic Smith countered with an RBI single that single to even the score. After Travis Jankowski tripled, Gibson sent a grounder in the hole to put the Phils up, 2-1. The white-hot, Bryce Harper crushed a two-run shot to get it to a three-run lead at 4-1.

The much-maligned, Phils bullpen was good on the night. With Hector Neris, who has shown much improvement in the past week, Archie Bradley and Ian Kennedy shut the door on the Mets with the only damage coming from a solo homer off the bat of Jonathan Villar who took Kennedy deep. While getting the job done, Kennedy has allowed three homers in his four appearances.

How hot is Bryce Harper? in the 21 games since the All-Star break, Harper has 4 homers, 12 doubles with a .388 average off of a 26 for 67 coupled with a .534 on-base percentage. Let’s say again because it feels so good. Phillies take over first.

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.