Wasn’t Pretty But a Win is a Win

It wasn’t pretty but a win is a win, 5-2. Bryce Harper and Odubel Herrera went from goats to heroes in 10 inning Phillies win. Alex Avila lofted a fly ball that should have caught but, inexplicably wasn’t. It dropped between the outfielders who ran into each other. The result was an RBI triple that put the Nationals in front, 2-1.

Herrera crushed a homer in the ninth to counter his gaffe and things were tied at 2. The homer came off Nats closer, Brad Hand.
In the tenth, with the runner (Andrew McCutcheon) placed at second base, it was Harper’s turn and his single put runners at the corners. Rhys Hoskins broke the tie with an RBI single followed by Nick Maton plating Harper.

Andrew Knapp picked up his fourth RBI of the series to close the scoring and giving Philadelphia its first road series win since April 17-19 2019. Zach Wheeler pitched another strong game going 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and striking out 7. Connor Brogdon, Ranger Suarez, Jose Alvarado, and Hector Neris shut the door on Washington.

Mr. “Oh no” Hector Neris pitched a three up and three down a tenth. Nats starter, John Lester also pitched well going 6 innings allowing 1 run on 6hits striking out 4, and walking 3. Philly got production from Herrera (1 for 5 with the hit being the solo home run), Hoskins (2-4, 1 RBI), Nick Maton (1 for 3. 1 RBI), and Andrew Knapp with a pair of hits and 2 runs knocked in. It wasn’t pretty until the end.

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.