you can't catch Jimmy
Carlos Ruiz's 8-game hitting streak ended this afternoon, but that didn't stop Chooch from delivering a game-changing swing in the eighth inning as he lifted a fly deep enough to center to score Ryan Howard from third and put the Phillies up 3-2. Jose Contreras did his best Brad Lidge impression, walking a pair and making us sweat by putting the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, but eventually forced the final out on an infield grounder. Phils won it 3-2 and prevent their first series loss of the season.
The Fightins took an early lead off the bat of Placido Polanco, who lifted what looked like either a potential flyball out or double off the wall, but was carried by the wind into the first row of the seats in right center. It was Polly's first homer since July 22nd of last season.
Raul Ibanez added a clutch RBI of his own, but also misplayed a bunch of balls in the outfield. Wind or no, Raul's mishaps were not pretty, and he'd tell you he should make those plays.
Cole Hamels pitched well for most of the game, but found himself in a bit of trouble in the sixth. He limited the Marlins damage to two runs, which kept the Phillies in a position to win it in the eighth.
For those of you with tickets to Monday's game against the Brewers expecting to see Roy Halladay, thank Mother Nature for giving you a Joe Blanton start instead.
>>Ruiz's eighth-inning sac fly lifts Phils over Marlins [CSN]
The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica.
Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain.
While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.
Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.
No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.
Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds