First they battled the rain, then they battled each other. The Phillies and Braves fight for NL East supremacy lived up to the hype on a wet Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park.
Roy Halladay was his usual fantastic self despite getting thrown off his regimented routine by the awful weather and subsequent rain delay. Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and Juan Perez (!?!) were spectacular working a scoreless inning of relief apiece.
And Raul Ibanez destroyed a baseball in the bottom of the tenth to give an absolute perfect reward to the fans who toughed out the night in South Philadelphia.
With the win, the Phillies assured themselves first place in the East heading into the All-Star break by pushing their lead to 3.5 games over the Bravos.
And just how sweet was Raul's walkoff blast? Oh, it was ripped and it was beautiful.
[watch Raul Ibanez's walkoff home run here]
For more on the game:
>>Ibanez blasts walk-off homer to give Phillies win [CSN]
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Here's more on the game from Wheels and T-Mac:
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