The Spencer Howard Drama Continues

The Spencer Howard drama continues in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Howard started off great and even threw in a double which may have led to his velocity drop.

Philly squandered a great opportunity in the opening inning when loaded the bases but only cashed in a Bryce Harper (2 for 4 RBI single). Howard only allowed two hits in his 4 innings but both left the yard. Will Smith cranked a two-run blast and Chris Taylor a solo shot to provide the offense for this one.

Even now and then an umpire clearly struggles, as a former umpire myself, no one knows more than the umpire when he is not on his game. The more you focus, the worse it gets and such was the case with home plate ump, Mike Estabrook.  Estabrook clearly missed no fewer than six obvious pitches that he called strikes.

The umpire wasn’t the only one who struggled as Team Philadelphia left the game with an eye-opening, 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Connor Brogdon went one inning striking out two. Prior to the game the Phils sent Enyel DeLos Santos to Lehigh Valley and activated lefty, Bailey Falter who looked good with three innings allowing 1 hit and adding a strikeout.

The short-term plan is for a Howard-Falter combination until Howard solves his velocity issue. The streaky Rhys Hoskins, who had been red hot has now gone 0 for his last 30 appearances. The Spencer Howard drama continues.

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.