Jodie Drives Sixers to MEEKDONALDS in Wizards Blowout

Jodie Drives Sixers to MEEKDONALDS in Wizards Blowout

"Did you say what I thought you said? MEEKDonalds?" Indeed he did, Marc. Malik had no
choice but to get punny with Jodie's name as he shot the Sixers past
the 100-point mark against the Wizards, ensuring Big Macs for all in
attendance. Meeks' shot was absolutely brilliant tonight, reminding us
that he can look an awful lot like Ray Allen once he sees a couple of
his shots drop early. Jodie was an insane 10-11 from the field and 6-7
from downtown—raising his FG% from 39% to 46% and his three-point % from
34% to 42% on the season in the process—and scored 26 points, the most
since that game against the Bobcats two Decembers ago where he hit six
treys in the first quarter.

True, though, it's not all that hard to look brilliant against the
Wizards. A number of Sixers manage to do it on occasion tonight,
including Lou Williams (19 points and six assists, with just one
turnover), Spencer Hawes (a double-double in just 19 minutes, ten points
and ten rebounds in his first action in six quarters) and Andre
Iguodala (a typical all-around line, 13 points, five boards, three dimes
and two steals). Evan Turner even managed to hit a couple threes—his
first two of the year, somewhat incredibly—on the way to his 12 points,
five boards and four assists. Seven Sixers in all ended up in the double
figures, as the Liberty Ballers cruised to the 120-89 victory.

In stark contrast to the Sixers' strong, solid, mature play for most of
the evening, the Wizards were an absolute mess. They had some nice runs
in the second and fourth quarter to keep the game respectable—and yes,
for Washington, a 31 point loss to a good team on the road now qualifies
as "respectable"—but for the most part, they were disjointed, sloppy,
undisciplined and just kinda lazy. It's one thing to get beat by the
Sixers on the fast break—that'll happen to most teams—but it's quite
another to get beat to the basket in what should be a half-court set,
resulting in some unnervingly easy layups for Philly. Even John Wall,
the #1 overall pick in the draft two off-seasons ago (just before our
Evan Turner, of course), looks like he's completely lost confidence in
his jump shot, and with the Sixers doing a good job of creating traffic
for him in both the half-court and full court, he was miserable in this
game, scoring seven points on 3-8 shooting with five assists and just as
many turnovers.

The one bad thing about this game for the Sixers—aside from the fact
that it necessitated their fans to actually watch a Wizards game—was
that Lou Williams did something extremely dangerous, both for himself
and the team: He made two end-of-quarter shots. The second-quarter one
was actually a good one, as he did a good job drawing the foul on his
jumper and just happened to make the shot as well, but the third-quarter
heave was inexcusable, as he squared up from about four feet behind the
arc with plenty of time left on the shot clock for a ridiculous three.
He hit it, of course, and that was all well and good, but the two
unlikely makes ensure that The Sweetness will absolutely go for it again
in a terrible iso play for the next eight end-of-quarter situations he
finds himself in, and will be lucky to actually connect in two of them.

Next up: The Wizards again, this time in Washington, 7:00 tomorrow. Sound good? Sounds good.

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

TORONTO -- Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday night to move within one game of the AL wild card-leading Blue Jays.

With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right, causing the Orioles relievers to jump in celebration.

Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.

Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth.

Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save in as many tries (see full recap).

Mets win to keep grip on wild-card spot
MIAMI -- The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game.

Drained by four days of grieving, they didn't have much left for the New York Mets.

Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and the Mets helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami 5-2.

New York began the night leading the Giants by half a game and the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the race for the two wild-card spots. The Mets conclude the regular season with three games at Philadelphia starting Friday.

The Marlins' loss in their home finale eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite high hopes this year, they still haven't been to the postseason since 2003.

Set Lugo (5-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

Jose Urena (4-9) allowed five runs in five innings (see full recap).

Cano's HR boosts Mariners' playoff hopes
HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Wednesday to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.

Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle pulled within 1 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card. Houston dropped three games back as its magic number for elimination was cut to two. The Orioles were at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Cano's career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

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The Associated Press

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA – The Phillies continued to stumble toward the season’s finish line on Wednesday night. They were hammered, 12-2, by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Adam Morgan was bruised for 10 hits and nine runs in five innings.

The Phils have lost five of their last six games. They have given up 63 runs over that span.

The Phils have lost six straight to the Braves and are 16-35 in their last 51 games against the NL East.

With four games to play, the Phils are 70-88.

Starting pitching report
Morgan was hit hard early but had to give the Phils some innings as the bullpen has carried a heavy load lately. He finished the season 2-11 with a 6.04 ERA in 23 games, 21 of which were starts.

Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz picked up the win. He gave up just one run over five innings.

At the plate
The Phillies had just four hits. They have scored 599 runs this season. They are the only team in the majors not to reach 600.

The Braves had 13 hits, including six for extra bases. They were 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Matt Kemp doubled and homered for the Braves.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games. He has reached base safely in 46 straight games, tying Washington’s Jayson Werth for most this season.

ICYMI
Like Pete Mackanin, GM Matt Klentak sees a need for offense, but he remains committed to the team’s rebuild (see story).

Health check
Roman Quinn is likely done for the season. Aaron Nola is throwing in Florida (see story).

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday night. Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 3.78) will make his final start of the season (and likely his final with the Phillies) against Atlanta right-hander Josh Collmenter (3-0, 4.19).

It will be the Phillies’ final appearance in Turner Field. The Braves move into a new park next season.

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