Phils Win Gut Check, 6-5

Baseballs were flying out of Citizens Bank Park Wednesday with a combined four long balls in the Phillies 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

A walk-off passed ball put the exclamation point on this one. The victory, coupled with an Atlanta Braves loss puts Philadelphia to a 3 1/2 game differential from the Braves.

How Did it Happen?

The hometown boys jumped to an early 3-0 lead fueled by a Didi Gregorius second to short to first double-play, which resulted in Bryce Harper crossing the plate and Freddie Galvis connecting on his fourth home run in a week that saw Andrew McCutchen coming home in front of Galvis.

The three-run fourth inning figured to be enough cushion for Ranger Suarez who was working on another nice game.

Suarez went 6 innings with 6 hits, a walk, 8 strikeouts, and just a pair of runs.

A typical Joe Girardi game witnessed the usual array of pitchers with Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, and Ian Kennedy combining to pick up the win.

Frank Schwidel took Suarez deep with Matt Duffy on base to cut it 3-2 in the fifth. JT Realmuto had an answer with a single that would chase Suarez home in the bottom half of the inning.

Things stayed that way until the 8th inning when Robinson Chirinos planted a 373 feet shot the evened the score at 4. Once again, Realmuto answered, and this time it was a solo shot to get it back to a Philadelphia lead, 5-4.

Matt Duffy got the Cubs tied again when he countered Realmuto with his 4th of the season and it looked like extra innings.

Hold that thought..Andrew Knapp scampered home on a Cubs passed ball and Philadelphia broke the .500 mark yet again, 73-72.

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.