The Phillies winning streak was going to come to an end at some point, but not many people expected it to be so soon. Last night the Phillies and Astros squared off with hot-headed Astros starter Lucas Harrell allowing the Phillies to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Astros would get three of those runs back on a Matt Dominguez three run homerun in the fourth. Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd went 3+ innings on short rest and allowed three runs on five hits. Phillipe Aumont came into his fifth straight game with a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning and did not have his best stuff. With a runner on and two outs, Aumont hit pinch hitter Scott Moore with a breaking ball. With Jake Diekman relieving Aumont, Jed Lowrie came up and cleared the bases with a double and scored on a Brandon Barnes single to give the Astros a 6-4 lead. In the ninth, Ryan Howard led off with a single but Dom Brown hit into a game ending double play. The Phillies fall back to .500 at 72-72. More here.
With the Phillies losing, the Cardinals had an opportunity to put some space between themselves and the rest of the Wild Card pack as they took on the Dodgers. The Dodgers struck first on an Adrian Gonzalez RBI double in the bottom of the first. The Cardinals responded in the top of the second when Skip Shumaker drove in Yadier Molina. The Cardinals would take the lead for good in the seventh inning drove in Yadier Molina. The Cardinals would take the lead for good in the seventh inning and get starter Lance Lynn the win. The Cardinals now hold a two game lead over the Dodgers in the Wild Card and a four game lead over the Phillies. The Pirates and Brewers were off last night. More here.
The NHL owners have unanimously voted to approve a lockout if an agreement is not reached by the expiration of the current CBA on midnight on Saturday. If there is a lockout, which seems to be all but certain based on recent reports, it will be the third work stoppage of Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure (he took over on February 1, 1993). There is not much promising news from the NHL on its labor situation. More here.
Last night kicked off the Thursday Night Football schedule on the NFL network. The Bears went into Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. Bears QB Jay Cutler was particularly arrogant heading into the game last night and was subsequently put in his place. The Packers sacked Cutler seven times and intercepted him four times as the Packers flexed their muscles over the Bears. The Bears would go on to lose 23-10 and fall to 1-1. More here.