Phils With Crushing Loss

In a playoff run, teams should be stacking wins against a lesser opponent, can someone give that messgae to the Philadelphia Phillies who dropped what be the most demoralizing defeat in years, 4-3.

Things Were Going Nice Until..

Continuing to pile up MVP numbers, Bryce Harper started things off with his 30th homer of the season. A shot that, logistics say, would have only cleared the wall of three Major League Parks. Citizens Bank Park just happenes to be one of the three.

Antonio Senzatela (6 innings, 4 hits,2 runs, a walk and 3 strikeouts battled mightily with Harper but, Harper finally prevailed.

Manager Bud Black had this to say about the pitch. “It wasn’t really a bad pitch to Harper…it just shows the talent of Harper to be able to take a pitch down and away from him, corner of the strike zone and hit an opposite field home run.”

Ranger Suarez continues to surprise and impress and went 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, a run, a walk while fanning six on his 96 pitches. Jose Alvardo and Hector Neris both went one inning. Things looked great with Brad Miller and Didi Gregorius each plating a run.

And then, Disaster

Ian Kennedy was summoned to close out the 3-1 game. However, as was asked in Ford’s Theater, “But, other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?’ Kennedy, who had been prone to surrendering the long ball, did it again.

Pinch hitter, Ryan McMahon connected for a pinch hit two-run home run his 22nd but, Colorado was not quite finished and the very next batter, Sam Hilliard, followed suit with his 10th.

The other Rockies run was furnished by Colton Welker asn his first Major League hit, and first RBI.

Philadelphia drops to an underwhelming 71-69 while Colorado improves to 64-77,

Kennedy took the loss to go 1-1 on the season while, as a team, Philadelphia has 30 blown saves and its doubtful more hurt than this one.

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.