Last night was a night of pure disappointment for the Phillies and their fans. After allowing a first inning run, the Phillies came out in their half of the first with patience and power. Mets starter Chris Young walked Jimmy Rollins, hit Kevin Frandsen, and then walked Chase Utley to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Howard stepped to the plate and blasted a Young fastball to the seats in right-centerfield for his 11th career grand slam and 3rd grand slam courtesy of Mets pitching. It would not last as Vance Worley could only muster 4 1/3 innings and in came the Phillies bullpen. Holding the Mets relatively quiet but allowing them to tie the game at 5 in the eighth, the bullpen imploded when BJ Rosenberg came into the game in the 10th inning. Rosenberg allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and sealed the game for the Phillies. More here.
The Cardinals opened the door for the Phillies to gain a game in the Wild Card hunt as they took on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. The pirates pounded out 14 hits and 9 runs as they blanked the Cardinals at PNC Park. They close out their three game series tonight at 7:00 pm. More here.
The Rockies jumped on the new look Dodgers early last night and never looked back. Colorado scored 4 runs in the first and stretched their lead to 8-2. The Dodgers would add two runs but it was not enough as they lost by an 8-4 final. The Phillies are chasing the Dodgers in the Wild Card race. More here.
For the second night in a row, the Reds did the Phillies a favor and handled the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona. Johnny Cueto, en route to his Major League leading 17th victory, held the D’backs to two runs on four hits in his seven innings as the Reds won 5-2 in the desert. More here.
A group of former Penn State faculty members blasted the NCAA and the Freeh Report in a statement yesterday. The former professors stated that Freeh and the NCAA relied on “scant evidence” in the report and, subsequently, when levying the sanctions to the university. More here.