Jayson Werth Returns to Citizens Bank Park This Evening, J-Roll Leads Off

Jayson Werth Returns to Citizens Bank Park This Evening, J-Roll Leads Off

The Phils are back in action after an off day on Monday following their frustrating loss on Sunday night to the New York Mets in extras where the action on the field was over shadowed by world events and the way fans at Citizens Bank Park reacted.

Fan reactions will once again be a popular discussion point surrounding tonight's game, with Jayson Werth making his return to the spot where he became a WFC as the Nationals come to town for a three game set, but honestly, we're kind of tired of the "to boo or not to boo?" story lines. If you wanted my opinion, you give him the Pat Burrell treatment: a nice ovation to start and then boo the heck out of him the rest of the way. Pay your respects for what he achieved here, then let him know what you think of the uniform he is wearing. Pretty simple.Werth's absence in right field at CBP hasn't been all that noticeable, with Ben Francisco getting off to a nice start to the season before cooling off a bit. Still, Francisco has picked up plenty of the RBIs left behind in Werth's former spot in the order. Francisco has 18 RBIs on the year to Werth's 7 RBIs in a much less potent Nationals batting order. Benny's  batting average is a cool 30 points higher as well, but Werth's defense may have been missed on a couple of balls Francisco hasn't played perfectly this season. Werth's arm is certainly missed in the outfield as well. They both have a pair of stolen bases, but Benny has been thrown out two more times as well.

J-Roll Leading Off

Aside from the return of Jayson Werth, and perhaps of more interest to Phils fans, Charlie Manuel is reinserting Jimmy Rollins into the spot at the top of his order, with Rollins leading off followed by Shane, Polanco, Howard, Francisco, Ibanez, Orr, Schneider, and Hamels.

To me it's a clear move of Charlie Manuel trying to mix things up in order to breath some life into a lineup that has been hot and cold leaning towards mostly cold. While Jimmy batting atop the order could give J-Roll some swagger, we're not sure what in the world can help Raul Ibanez get out of his almost record-breaking funk. Is Ibanez done? We'll stick with Charlie's approach to let him hit out of it, but it's not looking promising.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05 from the bank. Have fun out in right field.

Related: Charlie Manuel says Utley is progressing

Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

MIAMI — The Phillies came within one out of being shut out for the second time in as many games in an embarrassing 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins roughed up Zach Eflin, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

The Marlins beat the Phils, 5-0, on Tuesday night. A garbage-time RBI double by Cesar Hernandez with two outs in the ninth prevented the Phils from being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 8-9, 2015, when Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke got the wins at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are 4-9 in 13 games since the all-star break. They are averaging just 2.6 runs in those games.

The Marlins are 55-46. They entered the day in second place in the NL East, four games behind Washington.

Starting pitching report
Eflin had pitched brilliantly in the month of July — he entered with a 1.80 ERA in four starts this month — but his success ended as the Marlins tagged him for nine hits, including a homer and two triples, and seven runs in five-plus innings.

Eflin had pitched a three-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in his previous start.

Lefty Adam Conley pitched 6⅔ shutout innings, scattered eight hits, walked three and struck out six. He pitched out of bases-loaded trouble twice.

Bullpen report
Andrew Bailey struggled. He faced three batters and gave up two hits, a walk and a run before Brett Oberholtzer cleaned up the sixth inning.

The Marlins eventually got to Oberholtzer for three runs in the eighth. The lefty picked up three innings to protect the bullpen.

At the plate
The Phillies did have 10 hits in the game, but they left the bases loaded twice and stranded 11 runners in all.

The Phils went 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series.

The Marlins got to Eflin early. They scored three runs in the first inning. The rally was highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton’s 22nd homer, a two-run laser beam to left that exited the bat at 112 miles per hour.

Don Kelly had a pair of triples against Eflin and scored two runs. One of the triples drove in two runs.

The Marlins had 16 hits.

Ejected
Bench coach Larry Bowa got the boot for arguing a called third strike on Cameron Rupp in the fourth inning.

Health check
Peter Bourjos' injured right shoulder could send him to the disabled list Thursday as the Phillies make room for Aaron Altherr.

Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday night — RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92)

Friday night — RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.34) vs. RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17)

Saturday night — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.65) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.71)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.83) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 3.38)

Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

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Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

This is a good baseball catch.

It took place on Saturday night when the Hickory Crawdads' Tyler Sanchez belted a ball with men on base but was robbed by Lakewood BlueClaws outfielder Zack Coppola.

It certainly saved a few runs in the first inning but the Crawdads would find other ways to score, topping the BlueClaws by a final of 3-2.

Coppola's Great Grab

The "Web Gem" of the BlueClaws last homestand was made by Zach Coppola on this catch in the first inning on Saturday night."

Posted by Lakewood BlueClaws on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

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Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

You have to give Marcus Vick credit, he still has that breakaway speed. But it's not exactly "getaway" speed as he demonstrated in his failed attempt to elude police in an incident that took place back in April. 

TMZ posted video of Vick's attempt to elude the law on Tuesday. Here's how the Washington Post described the incident back in April:

The incident occurred at Onelife Fitness when a police officer tried to arrest him on an outstanding contempt of court charge in Montgomery County, Va., and Vick ran, according to the police report obtained by WAVY.com, damaging a door as he did so. As the officer tried to grab him, Vick pushed him and, after a brief chase on foot, he was taken into custody. Online arrest records originally indicated that he was charged with a hate crime, but Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston told WAVY that was an error.

Vick, 32, was charged with one count each of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, destruction of property and felony assault on a law enforcement officer. 

The video ends with Vick on the ground and the police officer whose camera caught the whole chase with his weapon drawn and pointed at Vick. Scary and strange stuff for the brother of former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.

TMZ posted the video on the same day that Vick accused former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy of giving his "baby mamma" herpes.