Michael Young: ‘We had a little rough stretch’

Michael Young: ‘We had a little rough stretch’

It seems a lot of fans could not even muster a proper sense of outrage after the Phillies took their latest tumble in Milwaukee over the weekend, which probably says all it needs to about where expectations are at. So with that in mind, we thought we’d try a little reverse psychology: it’s not so bad.

Sure, the Phils spoiled whatever small amount of good will they may have gained by climbing above .500 for the first time this season last Thursday by promptly dropping two games below the mark. Yes, they slid back into third place behind the banged-up Nationals and lost more ground to the imposing Braves, falling 8.5 games back in the NL East, their largest deficit of the season.

But cheer up, Philly fans. After a 9-1 loss to the Brewers on Sunday, Michael Young told reporters everything will be all right.

"The sky is not falling," third baseman Michael Young said. "We had a little rough stretch here. We definitely didn't play our best baseball, without a doubt. We have to make a quick adjustment here on this road trip."

Milwaukee was supposed to provide the Phillies a golden opportunity to get above .500 and stay there. Instead, they dropped five of seven to the irrelevant Brew Crew over a 10-day span. Most people are beyond believing tinkering can fix that.

Hey, maybe the Brewers just had their number this year. It happens. There’s still plenty more mediocre competition for the Fightins to run through in the month of June with not a single opponent currently in possession of a winning record. Of course, it’s a distinction that continues to include the Phillies, so…

Adjust away. There’s a lot of time left before the trade deadline.

Is there anybody else out there who doesn’t think it’s too late? Are you feeling any emotions toward this team at all?

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.