On a positive note, Roy Halladay put together another solid outing in Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Marlins. Halladay lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven. He probably pitched well enough to earn the W. Unfortunately, he had a little trouble handling Greg Dobbs.
The former Phillies pinch hitter extraordinaire came back to haunt his old mates with a pair of runs batted in off of Halladay, including the solo home run in the sixth that put Miami in the driver's seat. In spite of Dobbs' efforts, Doc kept the Fightins in the game, but any chance of a late rally was effectively extinguished when Charlie Manuel went to the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. A 3-2 deficit abruptly descended into a 9-2 thrashing, and that was the final.
B.J. Rosenberg, Raul Valdes, and Michael Schwimer were on the hook for six earned runs, though the damage is really on the hands of Rosenberg and Schwimer. Rosenberg failed to record an out, leaving the game with runners on first and second and one already across. Two batters later, Schwimer entered with one out and the bases loaded following an intentional walk, which is about the point when things got out of hand.
The Phillies didn't provide the pitching staff much help at the plate, either. The offense mustered just five hits on the afternoon, as Mark Buehrle went seven innings and surrendered two runs on a Ty Wigginton bomb -- his only mistake. Ryan Howard had the day off.
Coming into the day, the Phillies had not allowed a run in two games, and the Marlins had not scored one in three, but we all know that stuff doesn't last forever. Still a disappointing loss that snaps a three-game winning streak, and strands the club's three-games-or-better sweep count at one. However, on that note the Phils head to Milwaukee next for a set of four -- the Brewers being that one team they swept.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Former University of Kansas basketball player Josh Jackson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor traffic violation for backing into a car and driving away.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Jackson entered his plea Tuesday in Lawrence Municipal Court to striking an unattended vehicle. Two other charges, inattentive driving and improper backing, were dismissed.
Jackson, who is expected to be a top draft pick in next month's NBA draft, will be on probation for six months and must pay a $250 fine. If he violates his probation, Jackson would have to serve 30 days in jail.
Coach Bill Self suspended Jackson for the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament because of the incident.
The 6-foot-8 Jackson has now resolved two cases that had dogged him during his lone year at Kansas. He earlier reached a diversion agreement that requires him to attend anger management classes, write a letter of apology and refrain from using alcohol or recreational drugs for a year for his confrontation with a Jayhawks women's basketball player last year.
Jackson had pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after he argued with McKenzie Calvert on Dec. 9 outside a bar in Lawrence. He signed the diversion agreement on April 26.
It appears the Big3 League media blitz is already underway.
Allen Iverson and his Killer 3s team doesn't start play until the end of June and doesn't roll through Philadelphia until the middle of July, but that hasn't stopped the Answer from doing a little promo for the gimicky league.
A.I. sat down with actor and general hoops junkie Michael Rapaport for Fox Sports 1 for a segment that will air next month but they shared a teaser online.
In it, the topic of trash talking comes up. Iverson says he wasn't much of a talker himself but witnessed plenty from the likes of Michael Jordan who used intimidation to get to Aaron McKie.
You can check out the Big3 League's full season schedule right here.