Worley Schneider = Phils Win Again, Of Course

Worley Schneider = Phils Win Again, Of Course

A look at the Phils' 6-3 win over the Braves, the company Vance Worley is now keeping among Phillies pitchers, the Schneider Effect, and a reward for ticket-holders to last night's game.

"The race to 90 wins is won by the Phillies!" yelped Tom McCarthy
at the end of tonight's rain-delayed 6-3 win against the Braves. It's a
race a lot of us probably didn't even realize the Phils were competing
in all that strenuously, but one we'll gladly put in the books anyway,
as the Fightins do in fact become the first team in the majors to mark
themselves as ten away from triple digits, and are now nine-and-a-half
games up on the lowly 82-win Braves, who now need an absolute act of God
to be even slightly competitive in the NL East race down the stretch
(knock on everything).

And the man of the hour, once again, is
Vance "Called Third Strike" Worley. The Fridge won his 11th game of the
season with his six-inning, two-run performance, giving the team its
mind-boggling 14th straight win in outings when V-Man takes the hill. As
has often been the case over this incredible and unlikely streak—which
is now the longest for any rookie since the Reds' Wayne Simpson in 1970
and for any Phillie since Carlton in '72—Worley was unspectacular but
good enough, giving up seven hits and three walks, but also racking up
six strikeouts, including a couple big third outs. Stutes, Lidge and
Madson combined for just one earned run in three innings of relief, and
the Braves were kept at arm's length until Ryan's third strike on final
out Dan Uggla.

The team's 3-6 hitters were huge tonight, with
Chase opening the scoring for the Phils with his first home run since
August 21st and his tenth on the season on a long shot to right-center.
Ryan and Hunter both scored two runs, with the former picking up a big
insurance tally with a groundout in the seventh, and Raul went 3-4
with 3 RBIs over the course of the evening.

Schneider Effect
But the most important player
of the night may have been someone whose contributions won't show up in
the box score—because, technically speaking, they might not actually
exist. Brian Schneider, now officially Philly's greatest good luck charm
since Kate Smith, went 0-3 to drop his average to a desert-parched .171
for the year, but once again started in a team win—the 18th straight
game the team has won with Schneider starting behind the plate. The last
time the Phils lost with the Schneid as their starting backstop? May
friggin' 7th. Holy crap, this guy.

Up Next
Likely without either their pitching or catching rabbit's feet in the
lineup, the Phils face the Braves tomorrow night on ESPN with the chance
for the sweep. Winning the first two games of the series by a combined
score of 15-3 has been a nice little ego boost for our Fightins, and to
finish it with a third whomping of Los Bravos would be sweetness
personified. Roy Oswalt gets the start against Brandon Beachy in a
chance to put the Braves 10.5 games back, a lead so formidable they'd
barely even register as a smudge in our rearview mirror. Goood times.

Bonus Baseball: Ticket Reward
By the way, a note for our washed-out readers who didn't feel like
braving the elements in the Phils' two-plus-hour delay tonight—all fans
with tix for tonight's game may exchange them for a one of six selected
home games in the upcoming 2012 season. Pretty decent move for a team
that certainly doesn't need the good PR or juked attendance numbers.

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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.