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Last Last Chance? With 10 Games Remaining, Every Two Points Counts for Flyers

Last Last Chance? With 10 Games Remaining, Every Two Points Counts for Flyers

Here we are, staring down yet another “must-win” game amid a
season that’s felt like a never-ending string of them. Although time is running
out, the truth is a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night wouldn’t necessarily
be the final straw for the Flyers. If they do intend to sneak into the playoffs
however, they will have to climb over the gatekeepers eventually.

The Flyers may be five points back of a playoff berth with just
10 games to play, but the schedule actually allows for a lot of ground to be made
up quickly, beginning tonight in New York. The Isles are currently perched in the
eighth seed, so depriving their Atlantic Division rivals of even one little
point could go a long way in the race to the finish line.

The series between the two franchises has been incredibly
lopsided through the years. Philadelphia owns a 29-3-2 record over New York
dating back to the 2007-08 season, including a 7-0 victory back in February of
this year. That said, the Islanders picked up a 4-3 shootout win in their
last meeting less than two weeks ago. They are a dangerous opponent, going
6-3-1 over their last 10 games.

The Orange & Black recently managed to get hot
themselves, running a season-long win streak to four games before collapsing in
Winnipeg over the weekend. That may have taken some of the wind out of the
Flyers’ sails, but they’re not in bad shape all things considered, earning nine
points out of the last 12 possible.

Plus it’s open season on teams fighting for those final two
or three playoff spots. Eight of the remaining 10 contests are against clubs
within seven points of Philly: two dates with the Islanders and Senators, and
one each with the Rangers, Devils, Sabres, and Hurricanes. There is potential
for the Bullies to do some real damage down the stretch.

Of those six teams, sixth-seeded Ottawa suddenly appears to
be among the most vulnerable, currently mired in a four-game pointless streak.
Carolina has essentially fallen out of the race already, losers in 9 of 10.
The Isles, Rangers, Devils, and Sabres are huddled together in the standings,
all of them leading the Flyers, yet there is something perversely fun about the
idea that the road to the postseason travels through New York/New Jersey.

The opportunity is the Flyers’ for the taking, but can they
capitalize? Even with Saturday’s loss, one that came at the hands of yet another
opponent fighting for a spot, the effort of late instilled a glimmer of hope.
Let’s be realistic, they weren’t going to win out then, and they probably won’t
win out from here. The Flyers do have the chance to knock out several of the teams
in their path though, which is really all anybody can ask for at this point.

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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

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Rhys Hoskins' epic at-bat finishes in heroics as Phillies knock off Dodgers again

Rhys Hoskins' epic at-bat finishes in heroics as Phillies knock off Dodgers again

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The attendance at Citizens Bank Park for Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was just 20,145.

Years from now, it will be quadruple that.

Everyone will say they were there the night Rhys Hoskins went toe-to-toe with Pedro Baez's high-octane fastball and delivered the big hit that helped lift the Phillies to an emotional 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers (see observations).

Hoskins, the Phillies' rookie sensation, had four RBIs in the game, all of them coming on full-count hits in the sixth and seventh innings.

He got the Phillies on the board with an RBI single against Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in sixth inning.

Then, with two outs in the seventh, he lashed a tie-breaking, three-run double to left-center, capping an intense, 10-pitch at-bat in which he saw 10 straight fastballs from Baez. Every pitch in the at-bat ranged from 96 to 98 miles per hour. Hoskins fouled off four straight full-count fastballs before delivering the bases-clearing double.

Hoskins has electrified the Phillies with 18 home runs in a little more than a month, but his reaction to the go-ahead double suggested it might have ranked No. 1 on his personal hit chart. When he reached second base, he raised his arms and pointed euphorically at the dugout, where his teammates were going wild.

"Big situation against a pretty good team," a calmer Hoskins said afterward. "I think the 10-pitch at-bat probably had something to do with it.

"Obviously, the guy throws pretty hard, so he likes his fastball. He made some good pitches, too, with good strikes, not really anything in the middle of the plate. I was just lucky enough to put a good swing on the last one."

The Dodgers aren't just a pretty good team, as Hoskins described them. They are the best team in baseball. The Phillies have the second-worst record in the game. But the Phils have managed to beat the Dodgers two nights in a row — with two of the top pitchers in the game on the mound. The Phils beat three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on Monday night. Darvish took a no-decision in Tuesday night's game.

Hoskins has played a big role in both wins. He drew a two-out walk against Kershaw in the sixth inning of Monday night's win to extend the inning for Aaron Altherr. Altherr clubbed a decisive grand slam.

Tuesday night's four-RBI performance left Hoskins with 43 in 39 games. Only Albert Pujols had more RBIs (44) in the first 39 games of his career. Joe DiMaggio had 42 RBIs in his first 39 games.

Hoskins' plate discipline and selectivity are already stuff of legend. He saw 30 pitches in four trips to the plate.

"The longer I’m in there, the more pitches I see, the more comfortable I start to feel," he said. "I’m kind of able to hone in on the timing, which is pretty important for me. The more you see it, the more you know what it looks like, the more comfortable you get."

Manager Pete Mackanin marveled at Hoskins' ability to work pitchers into fastball counts.

"He’s not going to get himself out," Mackanin said. "He’s not going to expand the strike zone, which makes him a good hitter. I’m glad we have him. I always think he’s going to do something special the deeper he goes into the count."

Aaron Nola was grateful for Hoskins' big hit in the seventh inning. It made him a winner.

"He was fouling balls off at his neck," said Nola, describing Hoskins' showdown with Baez. "So you get a ball a little bit lower, you knew he was going to time it up finally. He saw 30 pitches in the game. It was just a matter of time that he was going to make them pay for it and he did."

The Phillies are 18-14 at home since the All-Star break. They were once on a collision course for 100 losses. Now they need to win just three of their final 11 games to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1961.

The Dodgers came into Tuesday night's game with a magic number of three to wrap up the NL West title. They will be in Philadelphia for two more days. The Phillies will continue to try to prevent champagne from being sprayed in their ballpark.

"Experience-wise for some of us young guys, this is pretty invaluable," Hoskins said of the competitive atmosphere. "They’re still trying to clinch their division, so it’s just good baseball."

So good that more than 20,145 will say they were there someday.