Stop Me If You Heard This, Phillies Lose Again

Stop me if you heard this, but the Phillies lose again, 6-2. The Philadelphia Phillies woes continue as they drop a 6-2 decision in Florida against the white-hot Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-2.

The upside was JT Realmuto making an appearance and stroking a Sac Fly. Brad Miller (2 for 4) knocked in the other run with a ground-rule double. The “new normal” for Philadelphia is a starter going four innings. Zach Eflin went 4 2/3 giving up 6 hits, 4 runs with a walk, and 5 strikeouts.

The analytic end of baseball strategy may be the death knell for this team. The quick hooks are taking a toll on the less-than-stellar bullpen. Mike Zunino launched a two-run homer and Brett Phillips celebrated his 27th birthday with a solo shot. Alec Bohm … big surprise… misplayed a foul pop from Austin Matthews who would go on to walk and scored on the two-shot from Zunino that made it a 3-0 game.

Ji Man Choi nailed an RBI double pushing it 4-0. Realmuto cut it 4-1 with his fly ball followed by Miller’s run-scoring double halved the advantage to 4-2. Joey Wendle lined a double to right field which scored Randy Arozens with Austin Meadows scoring from first is due part to Brad Miller’s throwing error. Wendle wasn’t finished and knocked in the sixth and final run with an RBI single. Tampa Bay has now won 15 of their last 16 games… while the Phillies… well, they are the Phillies. Stop me if you heard this!

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.