Cole Hamels Aced, Ryan Howard Hit One Ball Far, Phillies Won 2-0

Cole Hamels Aced, Ryan Howard Hit One Ball Far, Phillies Won 2-0

With Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins on the bench, the Phils were hoping for some help from their role players tonight against the Dodgers. Chase's much maligned fill-in may have helped uncork the bats...

Michael Martinez tripled with two outs in the fifth, good for just the Phillies' second hit of the evening. That was followed up by Cole Hamels putting in a professional at bat, working a walk that seemed to fluster Hiroki Kuroda, who was then very erratic in delivering to Shane Victorino, including throwing a wild pitch that Martinez somehow didn't score on from third.

With the bases loaded after Shane was given the free pass, Dom Brown worked a full count that breathed some much needed life into Citizens Bank Park and brought the fans to their feet. They were begging for an onslaught of runs. The blue seats were quickly depressed though, as Brown popped out weakly to left to end the threat. Another frustrating night for the offense seemed in order.

But in the following inning, Ryan Howard shut up his haters -- at least for a moment -- by catching a Kuroda fastball on the sweet spot and depositing it into the first row in right center.

Entire Camels

Cole Hamels was incredibly thankful for this one run of support and it proved to be all he would need as the lefty was dealing. Cole's final line: 8.0 innings, 6 hits, 9 Ks, 0 runs. Even when he got in trouble in later frames, he was able to deal his way out of it.

XBHs Can Still Happen

Martinez's extra-base hit seemed to wake the bats a bit. After notching only seven extra-base hits in the last seven days, the Phillies had four tonight, with Shane Victorino's triple in the bottom of the seventh leading to a second (!) run. While Martinez had a gaffe on third in the sixth, Vic showed off some nice baserunning the following inning when he scored on a Dom Brown fielder's choice hit to the first baseman. Heady, brah. After Howard's homer, Raul Ibanez mashed a double that helped expedite Kuroda's departure. 

Yep we're celebrating a pair of runs.

Finally, Ryan Madson maintained his perfect save percentage by notching his fourteenth of the season, capping another Phillies series win.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.