Roy Oswalt looked sharp and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the bats provided just enough pop to defeat Atlanta for the third straight evening. Not only did the Phils get to one of the Braves formidable young bullpen arms, Jonny Venters, in the eighth to tie the game up, but they finished in fantastic fashion with a Ross Gload pinch-hit walkoff single in the ninth to put an exclamation point on just who the NL East belongs to this season.
[watch Gload's walkoff single here]
In a bit of bad news, Chase Utley will be evaluated after suffering what is believed to be a mild concussion as a result of being hit on the head with a 92 mph fastball. The television review showed Utley asking the ump where he got hit after the play. Certainly a strange and ominous sight. Hopefully it's mild and Chase could be okay in a few days.
Utley did not get on the team flight to Milwaukee after the game.
[watch Utley's scary HBP in the head here]
CSN's John Finger has much more from the team post-game, including some great quotes from Ross Gload who felt great finally making a meaningful contribution.
“I’m trying to get through the year and if I can get a couple more hits
like that it will be a completely rewarding year for me,” Gload said.
“Hopefully it starts now and it leads into September and October and
stuff like that.”
CAPTION: Sep 07, 2011; Philadelphia, PA,
USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez (29) rounds third
base on his way to scoring during the ninth inning against the Atlanta
Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Eagles have signed former Dolphins offensive guard Dallas Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas, 27, was drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (No. 77) out of Tennessee in 2013 and was with them until this past season.
In his four-year career, Thomas has played in 37 games with 26 starts. He started nine games in 2014 and started all 16 games at left guard in 2015.
Thomas (6-5, 315 pound) and 2014 third-rounder Billy Turner were both released in October after a poor showing agains the Titans. While Thomas was the team's starter at left guard in 2015, rookie Laremy Tunsil took over that position with the Dolphins in 2016.
In 2015, when Thomas started all 16 games at left guard, he was ranked as the worst guard in football by ProFootballFocus. He gave up 10 sacks, 10 QB hits and 36 QB hurries.
Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.
Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.
Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.
"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.
Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.
It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.