The Phillies continued their hot streak yesterday as they extended their win streak to a season high seven games with a 3-1 win over the Marlins. The Phillies fell behind 1-0 in the sixth after a Carlos Lee RBI single. When the Marlins scored, the Phillies had not yet recorded a hit against Marlins starter Josh Johnson. They would get their first hit, a single by Jimmy Rollins, in the bottom half of the sixth and tie the game at one. In the seventh, Rollins came up with Pete Orr on second and drove a ball into the right field seats to put the Phillies up 3-1. Jonathan Papelbon would come on to record three strikeouts in the ninth (a walk and HBP too) to secure the win. The win moves Phillies to 72-71 and above .500 for the first time since June 3rd. More here.
The Cardinals were in San Diego yesterday trying to salvage the final game of their three game set with the Padres in order to stay four games ahead of the Phillies in the Wild Card race. The Padress jumped out to a 2-0 lead only to have the Cardinals tie the game in the sixth on a Matt Carpenter two run home run. The Padres would manufacture a run in the bottom half of the sixth to regain the lead at 3-2. Despite an Allen Craig double to lead off the ninth for the Cardinals, Luke Gregerson closed the door to get the victory for the Padres. With the Cardinals loss, the Phillies move to within three games of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot. More here.
Entering the day one game back of the Cardinals, the Dodgers started their game in Arizona knowing the Cardinals had lost and a win would tie them for the second Wild Card spot. Despite holding a 2-1 lead for much of the game, the Dodgers got into trouble in the sixth and allowed Gerardo Parra to drive in the go-ahead run for the Diamondbacks. The D’backs would hold on to the lead and the Dodgers remain one game back of the Cardinals as they head into a four game series in Los Angeles with St. Louis. More here.
The Pirates entered the day 2.5 games back of the Cardinals as they looked to take down the Reds and capitalize on the Cardinals loss. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Scott Rolen had other ideas as he broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with a sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Ludwick. That is all the Reds would need to hold off Pittsburgh. The Pirates remain 2.5 games back. More here.
Along with the Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers have been surging of late as they have won 18 of their last 23 games. Yesterday they went for the sweep against the Atlanta Braves. The Brewers trailed 2-0 heading into the fifth inning when they exploded for eight runs and seemingly buried the Braves. With an 8-2 final, the Brewers also moved above .500 for the first time since April 12th and are currently 3 games out of the second Wild Card spot. More here.
A shock wave was sent across college basketball yesterday as news that Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will retire at a press conference this afternoon. Calhoun, 70, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He won three national championships at UConn (1999, 2004, 2011) and is the sixth on the all-time wins list with 873. More here.