SAN FRANCISCO — Gorkys Hernandez, the eighth hitter in the Giants lineup, picked himself off the ground Sunday afternoon and dusted the dirt off his uniform after Jake Arrieta threw a 93-mph sinker that just missed the hitter’s chin. Arrieta, who had faced the minimum of 16 batters up to that point, waited for a new ball as the tide of a 6-1 loss to the Giants was about to turn. The scare seemed to awaken the Giants. Hernandez dropped a single to center and pinch-hitter Alen Hanson followed with an infield single. A rally that seemed to come out of nowhere was underway. It was capped by Andrew McCutchen’s three-run homer. The five-run sixth inning spoiled Arrieta’s afternoon after he cruised through the first five innings. And it put the Phillies into a four-run hole that felt insurmountable with their offensive struggles. Their lone run up to that point was Arrieta’s leadoff homer in the third. Arrieta, who allowed five runs on eight hits in six … [Read more...] about Phillies finally score, thanks to an Arrieta homer, but get swept by Giants
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Major League Baseball tested the patience of fans, players and the staff at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday night, waiting for more than three hours before the Phillies-Orioles game was officially postponed due to inclement weather.The teams are scheduled to play a makeup game on Thursday, July 12, with the time to be determined. Tickets for Tuesday's game will be honored for the new date. No ticket exchanges are necessary.With the threat of more rain in the forecast, today’s game will start at 12:05 p.m. ET in hopes of getting in at least five innings.Baltimore right-hander Andrew Cashner, who was slated to start Tuesday, will take the mound today instead. Nick Pivetta, who was also Tuesday's scheduled starter, will pitch for Philadelphia.A major league game is considered a regulation game -- also known as an "official game" -- once the visiting team has made 15 outs (five innings) and the home team is leading, or once the home team has made 15 outs regardless of … [Read more...] about With more rain in the forecast, Phillies game today will start at noon
Philadelphia fans have begged the Phillies to be active in the offseason the past few years.They’ve pleaded with the team to spend money. Maybe even package up some prospects to get a big name. Bat, arm, they didn’t care. They just wanted a name.They finally got one.Philadelphia made the biggest offseason free-agent splash it has since it inked Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million deal December 2010 by signing Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract two months ago. Within a five-day span the week before Christmas, the Phillies went on a spending spree, dishing out $94.25 million in adding Pat Neshek ($16.25 million) and Tommy Hunter ($18 million).But how much of a difference will a first baseman and two relievers make?It should help but it won’t push the Phillies into the postseason, or anywhere near it, according to early projections from Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs and USA Today. As Phillies pitchers and catchers reported for spring training … [Read more...] about Phillies projected to be better in 2018, but by how much?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid is set to crash Philly's Super Bowl bash. Embiid and a couple of Sixers teammates are headed to Minnesota to root for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. "I've heard that's the biggest event in American sports," said Embiid, a native of Cameroon. Oh yes, Embiid heard correct. Here's another piece of intel that may be harder to believe: Embiid's weekend pregame show starts with a double dip of NBA action. Embiid opened the first set of back-to-back games in his career with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help lead the 76ers to a 103-97 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. All the dunks, blocks and 3-pointers at times seemed like background music at what turned into Philly's largest Super Bowl tailgate party. The Sixers cloaked the Wells Fargo Center in green — from the giveaway "Brotherly Love" T-shirts imprinted with the Sixers and Eagles logos to the balloons, signage, and even the table runners on press row. The packed … [Read more...] about 76ers get in on Philly’s Super Bowl bash with win over Heat
With the stretch run nearing, and the Central Division standings ever so tight, the Blues returned from the All-Star break in winning fashion Tuesday at Scottrade Center. Posting their fifth win in six games, the Blues turned aside the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 before 18,149. At 31-18-3, they have matched their high-water mark for the season at 13 games above .500. The last time they were there, at 21-8-2, was after an overtime win Dec. 10 against Buffalo in what was the team’s first game without the injured Jaden Schwartz. It has been a struggle since then on several fronts, but with Schwartz healthy and playing his second game since returning to the lineup, the arrow appears to be pointing up for the Blues. “We always want two points,” said Patrik Berglund, who scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal five minutes into the third period. “Obviously the start wasn’t the best that we’ve had, but we found a way to work through it together with … [Read more...] about Slow-starting Blues recover to make it five wins in six games