Phils out for Four in a Row, Matt Garza Though

Phils out for Four in a Row, Matt Garza Though

Finally, the Phillies put together a three-game win streak with their extra-inning victory over the Astros Tuesday.
Wednesday, the Phils kick off their second straight two-game set when they meet the Cubs at 8:05 (CSN / 94.1 FM). 
Pitching matchupIn four career starts against the Phils, Matt Garza is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA. He's surrendered just three earned runs and 13 hits in 28 innings of work. Two starts ago on Apr. 29, he went seven innings in Philadelphia before leaving the game having surrendered zero runs and only one hit. Overall this year, he's sporting a sub-1.000 WHIP.
Standing opposed for the good guys, Kyle Kendrick is filling in for Vance Worley, who has hit the 15-day DL with elbow soreness. Ace has struggled in his three starts this season, coming into this evening with a 6.43 ERA and 1.929 WHIP, not to mention that, courtesy Corey Seidman's evening game notes, the Phillies have lost all eight games in which Kendrick has appeared this season.
Fun Facts leftover from YesterdayThe people at Elias are simply stunning with the shi--stuff they come up with. Two fun notes from the Phils' Wednesday win:

-- Prior to Hunter Pence doing so against the Astros, only two major leaguers in the last 30 years have hit a walkoff home run after making the error that allowed the opposing team to tie the game or take the lead in the ninth inning or later. One was the Chicago White Sox' Juan Uribe in 2007. The other was Jimmy Rollins in 2010. Both times, it happened to the Cleveland Indians.
-- Jake Diekman became just the third Phillies reliever over the last 20 years to win his major league debut, joining Sergio Escalona (2009) and Wayne Gomes (1997).
-- Wayne Gomes

Charlie's 5/16 lineup1. Rollins, SS2. Pierre. LF3. Victorino, CF4. Pence, RF5. Ruiz, C6. Polanco, 3B7. Mayberry, 1B8. Galvis, 2B9. Kendrick, P
Chooch moving up to the 5-hole. Now if we could just get Charlie to start batting him ahead of Wigginton.
8:05, guys. Come on, Kyle.

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Phillies' rookie Zach Eflin has surgery on left knee

Six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, Phillies rookie Zach Eflin went under the knife again Friday.

As expected, Eflin had the same surgery - performed by Dr. Steve Cohen - done on his left knee.

According to the Phillies, Eflin will be immobilized for six weeks and is expected to make a full recovery.

Eflin, 22, has been dealing with knee problems since he was about 11 years old. The issues caused him to make just 11 starts in his rookie campaign. 

“You know this is an issue he’s been fighting since he was a kid,” general manager Matt Klentak said on the day of Eflin’s first surgery in August. “I think he told me since he was 11 years old, he first started battling knee problems. The hope here is that it’s going to alleviate the problem. And that he’s not going to have to deal with it. And in just talking candidly with Zach last night, while not excited to undergo the knife today, he was pretty excited about the possibility of coming to spring training next year pain-free for the first time in his life.”

That is still the expectation.

Eflin finished his rookie year 3-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 63 ⅓ innings pitched. He was 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 68 ⅓ innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

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Temple's Trey Lowe to redshirt as recovery from car accident continues

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy had a feeling some bad news would come regarding guard Trey Lowe's status for the coming season. On Friday, it was made official.

Lowe, a freshman who suffered serious upper-body injuries in a single-car crash in his native New Jersey last February, will miss all of the 2016-17 season and take a medical redshirt as he continues to recover, Dunphy announced on Friday.

"We all feel that this is in the best interest for Trey, as a person, a basketball player and a student," Dunphy said in a statement released by the university. "We feel at this time that concentrating on his rehabilitation this year will give him the best chance to come back strong and healthy for 2017-18. Trey will still be a big part of the team during this redshirt year, while continuing to work with our medical and strength team in preparation for his full return to action.”

Lowe was just starting to come into his own at the collegiate level around the time of the unfortunate accident. In a Feb. 17 game at the Liacouras Center against then-No.1 and eventual national champion Villanova, Lowe dropped a career-high 21 points. Though the Owls lost, 83-67, Lowe had made an impact and earned the trust of Dunphy, which isn't easy to do as a freshman.

A three-star recruit, Lowe played in all 28 games, including five starts, prior to his injury and averaged 4.8 points and 1.8 assists in 12.3 minutes per game. He would be a redshirt sophomore if he's ready to return for the 2017-18 season.

The absence of Lowe will leave the Owls particularly thin at guard this year. You may recall senior point guard Josh Brown, who was to be counted on as the Owls' leader this season, tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. His status for this season is still unknown as he continues to rehab from his injury.

Junior forward Obi Enechionyia, who averaged 11 points per game last season, is Temple's leading returning scorer.

The onus to produce at guard will be placed on redshirt senior Daniel Dingle and sophomore Shizz Alston, Jr. True freshmen Quinton Rose and Alani Moore will also likely have to chip in.

They have just over a month to get ready. Temple hosts La Salle in both schools' season opener on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Liacouras Center.