Team Trainwreck Can’t Hold the Lead

Team Trainwreck can’t hold the lead, 13-12. The Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a 5-0 lead off a Travis Jankowski 3 run shot followed by a solo Bryce Harper homer and an RBI single from Vince Velasquez. It appeared with 4 innings in the books, the Phillies would breeze in this one.

Blown Leads

Not so fast Mister! Starlin Castro (3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and 3 RBI) jump-started a Washington rally with an RBI single. Victor Robles was credited with a single when Brad Miller played Sam the Meatman and butchered a pop-up that made it 5-2. Kyle Scherzer connected on a three-shot to even the playing field at 5-5.

Andrew McCutchen broke the tie with a pinch-hit grand slam that regained the lead,  9-5. The Nats were far from finished and Trea Turner made it a 9-7 game in the 6th inning. Josh Bell nailed a grand slam of his own to make it an 11-9 Washington lead. Luke Williams cutting it to 11-10 with a single. Alec Bohm (4 for 5) would knot it up at 11 and Ronald Torreyes pushed it to 12-11.

Onto the ninth and everyone sensed doom as Hector Neris walked to the mound. Two singles and a sac bunt later, Castro knocked in a pair and Joe Girardi’s favorite closer picked up his 5th blown save in 15 tries. Once again, history was made with each team hitting a three-run and grand slam homer in Major League history.

Once again, analytics Joe struck again. Velasquez only went 4 and 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 4 runs with 2 free passes while whiffing 5. Once again, it became “Mystery Reliever Enter and Sign In Please.”  Archie Bradley, Sam Coonrod, David Hale, Jose Alvarado, and Batting Practice  Hector Neris all signed it. Coonrod and Hale were inefficient with a combined 2 innings with 6 earned runs, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Team Trainwreck can’t hold the lead again.

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.