A Breakdown Of The Sixers Game One Win

A Breakdown Of The Sixers Game One Win


As you know by now, the Sixers stole one from the Pistons in game one of the seven game series. Haven't caught Sixers fever just yet? No worries, our buddy Goot wrote up a nice quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the game.

1st Quarter
Thaddeus Young got the start and made Mo look good, with an early steal, dunk, and a couple of nice put backs.  Rasheed Wallace heated up and scored 8 of the Piston's first 12 points.  The Sixers shooting went cold and they didn't hit a shot in the last 4:28 of the quarter allowing the Pistons to take a 27-22 lead after 1.

2nd Quarter
The Sixers playoff inexperience showed in the 2nd quarter, they had too many turnovers, poor shot selection, and the Pistons owned the glass.  After a 'Sheed 3 to put the Pistons up 11, Mo realized he need Reggie Evans and Dalembert in to defend against 'Sheed and bench player Jason Maxiell(who ended with 10pts and 9reb. at the half).  The refs wanted to make sure 'Sheeds stat line was full and T'ed him up for arguing a foul called against Prince.  The Sixers entered the locker room down 13, 31-58.

3rd Quarter
The Sixers were determined to make this a game and came out hot, going
on an 8-0 run to start the half.  After a Pistons' timeout, they
answered with a 9-0 run of their own.  After trading a few shots, the
Sixers went on another 10-0 run and eventually ended the quarter down
70-63.

4th Quarter
Andre Miller came out like a man possessed and stole the ball from
Hamilton and hit a layup to set the tone.  Miller went on to score 12
of his 20 points in the first 6 minutes of the quarter and the Sixers
took their first lead since the 1st, 78-77.  Reggie Evans hit a
turnaround at the top of circle as the shot clock expired to keep the
Sixers ahead.  92% free throw shooter Chancey Billups missed 3 of 4
foul shots and Lou Williams hit a 19-footer, and the Sixers held a
84-80 lead with 2 minutes to play. The Sixers came out of a timeout and
Iguodala booted the ball driving to the net, the Pistons scored on
their next possession down the floor to pull within 2.  Andre Miller
missed a running jumper and Reggie Evans was there to tip in to put the
Sixers up 86-82.  'Sheed takes off his headband to show he means
business and draws a foul at the other end and knocks down his foul
shots.  Iguodala got fouled, made his first, missed his second, and
Maxiell got called for a lane violation, but Iguodala missed again.
Billups regained his form and sunk 2 foul shots to pull within 1.  The
Sixers got the ball out of a timeout and Iguodala made a pass to Sammy,
who then got called for an offensive foul (personally, I think it was a
bad call;  Maxiell got to the spot after Sammy was already in the
air).  With 26 seconds left on the clock, the Sixers were up 1 and the
Pistons had the ball.  The Sixers defense clamped down, Tayshaun Prince
missed a 19 footer, and Iguodala collected the rebound and got fouled
at 11 seconds.  With Iguodala at the line, he missed his first...
NOOoooo.. but hit his second to put the Sixers up 2.  Pistons took
their last timeout.  Right before play was about to start, 'Sheed leans
in on the Sixers huddle. He had a smile on his face, but that's messed
up... you don't pull that crap in the playoffs.  The Pistons run their
play and it's to 'Sheed, Karma pays him back and he misses it .
Iguodala secures the rebound, gets fouled, and thankfully makes both
shots to end the game.

Notes
If the Sixers are going to stay in this series, Reggie Evans (11-14)
needs remain a factor down low, Rasheed Wallace (24-9, 7 blocks) and
Maxiell (11-12, 6 off) were eating them up in the second quarter.  The
Sixers really stepped up the defense in the second half, when they held
to Pistons to 35 points on top of 39% shooting for the game.  Andre
Miller took the game over to begin the 4th and was the primary reason
the Sixers pulled out a win.  The Sixers need to make their free
throws, and they were lucky to win after shooting 19 of 27 at the line.
It's not often Chauncey Billups is going to miss 3 free throws in the
4th quarter.  Game 2 is set Wednesday night 7:30pm.

-Goot

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Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off for first time in 84 games

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off for first time in 84 games

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off, with Andres Blanco batting second and playing second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P

Phillies-Reds 5 things: Aaron Nola looks to build on extremely impressive return from DL

Phillies-Reds 5 things: Aaron Nola looks to build on extremely impressive return from DL

Phillies (16-29) vs. Reds (22-24)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App

Following their first win in a week, the Phillies open a new series this weekend against a beatable team in the Cincinnati Reds, who are 3-9 in their last 12 games and 1-7 in their last eight road games.

Let's have ourselves a look-see:

1. Nola's turn
Aaron Nola is on the mound tonight for his second start since a month-long DL stint. He was extremely impressive his last time out, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings in Pittsburgh.

Nola's fastball reached as high as 95.5 mph against the Pirates, which is notable because he threw only two pitches faster than 94 mph all of last season. His velocity was up before the lower back strain and it's a great sign that the elbow injury which ended his 2016 season is truly in the past.

In Pittsburgh, Nola (2-1, 3.52) threw 19 of 27 first-pitch strikes. He got 11 outs on the first three pitches of at-bats. 

He's faced the Reds twice in his career and dominated them both times, allowing two earned runs in 14 innings with one walk and 17 strikeouts.

Current Reds have gone 7 fo 39 (.179) against him with just two extra-base hits. Joey Votto is 0 for 5.

2. What to do with Odubel
Pete Mackanin has an interesting decision to make this weekend with slumping Odubel Herrera, who on Thursday became the first player in the majors this season to go 0 for 5 with five strikeouts in a game.

Herrera is down to .226 on the season with a .275 on-base percentage. In May, he's hit .194 with one walk and 28 strikeouts.

Mackanin could bench Herrera like he did with Maikel Franco for two games earlier this week. It would send a message to the player that poor at-bats and wild swings have consequences. And, quite frankly, sitting Herrera for a day or two might give the Phillies a better chance to win.

The issue, of course, is that there's a thin line between giving a player a chance to clear his head and ridding him of opportunities to get back on track.

Plus, the Phillies don't have great options in replacing Herrera in the lineup. They have a four-man bench at the moment and the only options would be putting Ty Kelly or Brock Stassi in left field and moving Aaron Altherr to center.

(Update: Mackanin is taking the opposite approach with Herrera, leading him off Friday night.)

Herrera just has not been himself this season and it's troubling. At this point last season, Herrera was hitting .327 with a .901 OPS. He's been an undisciplined hitter in 2017 and when you have two of them in the middle of the lineup in Herrera and Franco, it makes things really easy on pitchers at times.

Herrera started the year hot, hitting in his first eight games. Since then, he's hit .203/.239/.324 in 155 plate appearances with six walks and 42 K's.

3. Tommy time
Tommy Joseph has been one of the very best hitters in baseball this month, batting .329/.400/.671 with six doubles, six homers and 15 RBIs in 22 games.

He's 148 games and 499 plate appearances into his major-league career and has hit .257 with 23 doubles, 28 homers, 69 RBIs and an .804 OPS. That's about 10 points higher than the league average OPS from first basemen over that span.

Had Joseph's April slump continued into May, prospect Rhys Hoskins might have already been called up. But Joseph has done enough so far to hold off Hoskins, who appears to have more upside because of his combination of power and plate selection.

Controlling the strike zone is the next step for Joseph. He has a .311 OBP so far with 33 walks and 112 strikeouts as a Phillie.

But over the last two seasons, he's been one of the few Phils who's taken advantage of this ballpark. Joseph's hit .276 with an .844 OPS at Citizens Bank Park compared to .240 with a .769 OPS on the road.

4. Scouting the Reds
The Phillies face 29-year-old Reds right-hander Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19).

You look at the ERA and think, OK, maybe the Phillies' bats will wake up tonight. But keep in mind that the Rockies' four starting pitchers this week entered the series with a combined 5.27 ERA and the Phillies scored three runs against them in 27 innings.

There's nothing special about the 6-foot-5 Adleman. He throws his fastball and sinker in the 88 to 91 mph range with a mid-80s changeup and mid-70s curveball. His opponents have hit .300 against his fastball and have eight extra-base hits with a .290 batting average against his changeup.

In six starts this season, Adleman's yet to go deeper than six innings. The Phils faced him last season and scored three runs in five innings. Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 2 with a walk and Franco went 1 for 3 with a double.

As for Cincinnati's offense, Votto is obviously the hitter you worry about most. He's hit .299/.422/.591 this season with 12 doubles, 12 homers, 38 RBIs, 35 walks and 24 strikeouts. A typical Votto season.

Shortstop Zack Cozart has been surprisingly hot these first two months, hitting .340 with 20 extra-base hits, 22 walks and 29 strikeouts. It's most surprising to see him walking this much because he never has. He's 15 walks away from matching his career high.

Leftfielder Adam Duvall has killed the Phillies over the last two seasons. He went 5 for 11 with two doubles and a homer in the season-opening series in Cincy and went 8 for 18 with four doubles against them last season.

5. This and that
• Over the last seven games, the Phillies' bullpen has allowed just two earned runs in 22⅔ innings.

• Howie Kendrick started at third base for Lehigh Valley during his rehab assignment Thursday. He was hit by two pitches and removed from the game.  

• Reds closer Raisel Iglesias is one of the most underrated relievers in baseball. He's 8 for 8 in save chances this season with a 0.73 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. He's struck out 28 and allowed just one home run in 24⅔ innings. His ability to go multiple innings is what makes him stand out — he's Andrew Miller-like in that regard. Iglesias has pitched more than one inning in 7 of his 19 appearances.