In the rubber match of their three game series with the Reds, the Phillies sent rookie Jonathan Pettibone to the mound. Pettibone would allow two runs (one earned) on seven hits over seven innings but left trailing 2-0. The dormant offense woke up to get one run back in the eighth. Against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, Delmon Young led off the ninth with a walk but pinch runner Cliff Lee got picked off during Erik Kratz's at-bat. Kratz would then hit the game-tying homerun to left field. The next batter, Freddy Galvis, would end the game with a solo homerun to left field for a 3-2 victory. It was the first time the Phillies had ever hit back-to-back game-tying and game-winning homeruns in the ninth inning dating back to 1930 when Major League Baseball started keeping track. More here.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators met north of the boarder last night in Game 3 of their semifinal series. The Penguins had a 2-0 series lead heading into the game. After a scoreless first period, Pittsburgh struck first with just over a minute remaining in the second period, Tyler Kennedy beat Craig Anderson. With 1:27 remaining and trailing by one, the Senators were dealt a blow when Erik Karlsson was whistled for slashing. Just 58 seconds later Daniel Alfredsson deposited the pass from Milan Michalek into the Pittsburgh net for the shorthanded game-tying goal with 29 seconds remaining to force overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, Colin Greening beat Tomas Vokoun to give the Senators a 2-1 win and bring the series to 2-1. More here.
The Grizzlies and Spurs kicked off the Western Conference Finals yesterday afternoon. The Spurs used a dominant first quarter to jump way out in front. San Antonio outscored Memphis 31-14 in the first quarter and would open that lead up to as much as 28 points. The Spurs defense held Zach Randolph to just two points while Tony Parker led San Antonio with 20 points and nine assists to take a 1-0 series lead. More here.