The Phillies wrapped up their two game series with the Cleveland Indians yesterday afternoon as Cole Hamels took the mound for Philadelphia. Hamels had a rough outing as he labored through two scoreless innings but threw 51 pitches. The Indians eventually got to Hamels as he allowed five runs on six hits over five innings of work while walking two batters. The Phillies cut the Indians 5-1 lead to 5-3 on a two-out, two-run double from Jimmy Rollins in the fifth inning. Cleveland got it right back in the sixth on Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single to make it 7-3. Jason Kipnis hit his sixth home run of the year in the 8th to give the Indians a 10-3 lead. Carlos Ruiz got his first RBI of the year in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough as they would go on to lose 10-4. More here.
The Phillies were active yesterday as before the game they made a roster addition signing former All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor-league contract. The soon-to-be 32 year old pitcher was a decent pitcher in Chicago. He was a three-time All-Star, finished in the Top 5 in Cy Young voting five times, led the National League in wins in 2006, and also has some ability with the bat as he on three Silver Slugger awards as well. Zambrano last pitched in the Majors last season with the Marlins in which he appeared in 35 games (20 starts) and posted a 7-10 record with a 4.49 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. More here.
The Miami Heat took on the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with a 3-1 series lead looking to oust Chicago. The Heat did a tremendous job early on jumping out to an 18 point lead over Chicago. The last time the Heat had lost a playoff game when holding a lead of 18 or more points was way back in 2000 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Knicks. The Bulls came storming back though behind a strong second quarter. They cut into the Miami lead and took a 77-69 lead to the fourth quarter. The Heat stormed back themselves taking control of the game and, ultimately, the series as they went on to win 94-91 and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive year. More here.
The rocky career of former first round pick Rolando McClain came to an end yesterday as the Ravens' linebacker retired from the NFL. McClain signed a contract with Baltimore just a month ago. The eighth overall pick out of Alabama in 2010 by the Oakland Raiders, McClain was the last first round pick of late owner Al Davis. McClain 274 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one interception in 41 career games with the Raiders. He retires at the age of 23. More here.