Things We Hate to Type: Phils Drop Series to Nationals

Things We Hate to Type: Phils Drop Series to Nationals

Despite giving up a first-inning run on some well-executed small ball by the Nationals and a lone solo shot in the third to Lance Nix, Roy Oswalt was on his game for the most part in the Phillies 2-1 loss to cap off their DC series on a losing note. Oswalt was pulled after only five innings because the Phils offense was so lacking they needed to pinch hit for Lil Roy in the top of the sixth with the bases loaded and two outs.

Unfortunately, Laynce Nix made a very un-Nationals-like play and caught a Dom Brown liner in left while totally stretching out for the amazing diving catch. Had he dropped it, the Phils would have been in a nice position to win.

That was the difference in this one. Both teams struggled to get much offense going. The Phils notching only five hits to the Nationals six, but the ball went the pesky Nationals way this afternoon.

A blind squirrel has to find a nut every once in a while, and with that, Evil John Lannan got his first win against the Phillies in 14 tries.

Two plays stick out to me in this one. The first, when John Mayberry was gunned out at the plate on what would have been a game-tying run. Upon first glimpse of the play live, I thought Mayberry was safe, but upon further slo-mo review, he did indeed look out. But why not do a head-first slide way off the bag and glance the plate with only an outstretched hand? I'd bet a nickel he would have been safe had he done that.

Finally, the last pitch of the game was clearly a ball, but Placido Polanco was called out on strikes. An ump trying to get out of the heat a little too quickly?

Tough loss. The Phils showed minimal life this afternoon and have an off-day tomorrow. They look like it couldn't come soon enough.

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.