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Imagine That: Phils Rally to Victory From Behind With Two Outs in the Bottom in the Ninth

Imagine That: Phils Rally to Victory From Behind With Two Outs in the Bottom in the Ninth

It was nothing you haven't seen before. Locked in a tight contest from the first pitch, the Phillies failed to come up with a clutch hit before surrendering the go-ahead run late. Usually that's game over.

Not on Wednesday night. Not against the pitiful Rockies, who decided to wait until the final out before completely falling apart. Down one in the bottom of the ninth, the Fightins staged a two-out rally against closer Rafael Betancourt, who picked up his third blown save of the season -- with an assist from stalwart first baseman Todd Helton.

Ty Wigginton initially kept the game alive with a single, setting up Hunter Pence for what may have been the swing of the season. Pence unloaded on a 1-1 pitch that got up in the zone, sending a rope to the the left field corner that nearly burrowed a hole in the wall. Wigginton happened to be running on the play, and was able to make it home standing up to knot the score.

With Pence on second, Carlos Ruiz was walked intentionally, bringing Shane Victorino to the plate. His slow roller to short appeared to be the end of the inning on first glance, which would have sent them to extras, but the Flyin' Hawaiian beat Marco Scutaro's throw to load the bases.

The final at bat would look eerily similar. Placido Polanco sent another weak ground ball to Scutaro, only he lacks Vic's speed down the base line. Polly busted it anyway, and wound up beating the throw by a foot -- Helton's.

A starter at first base for 15 years with Colorado, Helton somehow got lost at the bag. He wasn't touching when the ball arrived in his glove, and before he could drag his foot the remaining inches or centimeters for the out, Polanco came charging through, stepping on Helton's toes as his own beat the force.

7-6, Philadelphia. Helton was charged with an error on the play.

This was typical 2012 Phillies: some good, a lot of ugly. They lived to tell about another Joe Blanton outing -- five runs over seven, including three more homers. Michael Martinez, slugging all of .172 entering the night, provided the power with a three-run blast. Converted reliever Jeremy Guthrie held the Phils to three frames of scoreless baseball, while Jonathan Papelbon was nearly dealt his third loss of the season.

Once again though, winning is winning. They don't count for any less because the Rockies are terrible.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

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Best of MLB: Indians pick up 27th win in last 28 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

The Indians joined the Grays on Thursday when Francisco Lindor's three-run homer led Cleveland to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Grays ended up winning 28 of 29, leaving the Indians one game shy of matching the record (see full recap).

Cubs rally in 9th, beat Brewers to open big series
MILWAUKEE -- Javier Baez grounded a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Chicago Cubs widened their NL Central lead over Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 5-3 Thursday night.

The Cubs now are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers after winning the opener of a four-game series.

Milwaukee was in position to win it in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with one out. But Wade Davis (4-1) struck out Domingo Santana and then, after falling behind 3-1 in the count to Orlando Arcia, came back to retire him on an easy comebacker on a full-count pitch.

The Cubs trailed 3-2 when Ian Happ led off the ninth by hitting a grounder that first baseman Neil Walker fielded wide of the bag. Reliever Jeremy Jeffress covered first and Happ was called safe in a close play, a ruling upheld on replay (see full recap).

Twins rout Tigers, lead AL wild card by 2½ games
DETROIT -- With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion.

Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. Minnesota is 2 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland .

The Twins had lost five of six coming into the night, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, but they routed a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton.

"As a whole in this season, it's been pretty impressive," Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. "Staying away from the long losing streaks, coming back from some tough losses and some tough stretches and getting back to playing winning baseball, for the most part,” (see full recap).

Fowler delivers again as Cardinals beat Reds
CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals rinsed the bad taste of being swept by the Chicago Cubs the best way they could -- sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

Dexter Fowler delivered again, hitting two doubles and a single as St. Louis overcame Scott Schebler's two home runs to beat the Reds 8-5 Thursday night.

The Cardinals began the day 2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot and five games behind the Central-leading Cubs.

Fowler drove in two runs. He went 7 for 13 with two home runs and six RBIs in the three-game series (see full recap).