As we get ready for a late-night series with the A's in the city by the City by the Bay, we thought we'd start the morning with a look around the 'Nets.
- Meech gets us started as only he can with some thought-provoking questions, such as how Ryan Howard got the nickname Big Brown in the locker room, and what's so Magic about So Taguchi? [The Fightins]
- In one helluva response to being suspended by DNL, Bill Conlin shows us again why he's still the man. [Conlin]
- The Phils have been struggling over the past week plus. The Mets have been struggling most of the season, including last night, when Felix Hernandez jacked a grand slam off of Johan Santana. King Felix became the first AL pitcher in like a million years to hit a grand slam. Fortunately for Santana, who had allowed two hits in the inning, David Wright's error with two outs negated the runs from being earned. We're still counting them, but Wright says he'll take the blame. [USS Mariner via WoW] [MetsBlog]
- If you're into the the whole blogging scene thing, chances are by now you've heard about the LA Times report that we're all playing nicer now that more people are reading our dribble. We hadn't really paid much attention to the trend, but we won't argue that it hasn't happened in some places, particularly since the Times directly quotes some Big players in the field. Anyway, we're wide-eyed at the bloody-yet-good-intentioned(?) backlash. With Will Leitch on his way from Deadspin to New York Mag, we can only hope for more blaze-of-glory posts as the week unfolds. Haven't seen Will go off like this in a while, maybe ever. Was McIntyre deserving of that kind of ire though? [Deadspin] Update: Annnnd.. Touché. [Dave Lozo] There's no shortage of opinion on this topic, ranging from who's right and who's wrong, but we're also hearing a lot of "who cares?"
- Stephen Starr is buying the Broad Street Diner [D-Mac]
- The inevitable finally happened—Larry Mendte got axed by CBS for reading Alycia Lane's e-mail. Look at you sitting there passing judgment. Like you wouldn't have searched for the Eisen shots... Can't wait to see which member of the Philly media makes the news next. [Dan Gross]
- Astute reader and Villanovan Carl P. asks, "What’s up with Melrose? Has he not wanted to coach until now, or is this the first offer he’s gotten in a decade?" We honestly have no idea here, but we'll turn it over to Wyshynski. Note to John Stevens: Check Melrose's players' stick blades for legality. He loves that. [Puck Daddy]
That oughtta get you through your coffee and the merciless first hour of daily employ.
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# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
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• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
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The Phillies continue to make baseball fun as they head toward the finish line of their fifth straight losing season.
They rallied for their eighth win in the last 10 games in beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-5, at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
The Phillies have taken the first three games of the series against the team with baseball's best record. All three wins have been come-from-behind efforts.
Aaron Altherr, the hero of Monday night's win against three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, was a key contributor again in this one. He drove in four runs late in the game with a two-run homer in the seventh and a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning.
• The Phillies' bullpen, which had been so good lately, blew leads of 2-1 and 5-4, but the offense overcame those issues.
• Despite having the second-worst record in the majors, the Phillies are 32-33 since the All-Star break.
• The game ended with Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera making a tremendous leaping catch at the wall on a bullet by Yasiel Puig.
• Cesar Hernandez started the Phillies' eighth-inning rally by working a walk against Luis Avilan. Avilan then made an errant throw to help set up Altherr's big single.
• Hector Neris pitched for the third night in a row and earned his second save of the series.
• The Dodgers rallied for three runs against the Phillies' bullpen to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh. The Phillies got the runs back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Rhys Hoskins continued to do things to help the team win when he led off with a walk against right-hander Ross Stripling. Stripling then threw two hanging curveballs and Altherr and Tommy Joseph deposited them in the left-field seats to give the Phillies the lead. Joseph, pushed into the background by Hoskins' emergence, had a two-RBI night.
• Phillies starter Jake Thompson gave up just one run but was not economical enough with his pitches to get past the fifth inning. Thompson allowed six base runners on three hits and three walks and got outs on several long fly balls. He walked two batters in the fifth, got a visit from pitching coach Bob McClure then got the final two outs on a pair of ground balls. He hung a full-count slider to Justin Turner with two outs, but Turner grounded it to short for the third out. Thompson survived and exited the game with a 2-1 lead.
• Chase Utley did not start for the Dodgers, but he entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh with the Dodgers behind, 2-1. Facing rookie right-hander Victor Arano, Utley showed that famous short, chop swing in lacing a triple off the center-field wall.
• Arano was originally Dodgers' property. He came over to the Phillies late in the 2014 season in a trade for pitcher Roberto Hernandez. After Utley tripled, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sent up left-handed hitting Andre Ethier to bat in the pitcher's spot. Pete Mackanin responded by waving lefty Hoby Milner into the game. Roberts went back to his bench and replaced Ethier with Kike Hernandez, a right-handed bat. Milner is a side-armer who struggles against right-handed bats (they were 19 for 46 against him while lefty hitters were 9 for 54). The results were predictable; Hernandez doubled home Ultey with the tying run. Milner did get to face a lefty hitter later in the inning and NL Rookie of the Year slam dunk Cody Bellinger broke the tie with a two-run double. Despite the difficult inning, Milner has made a nice showing and put himself on the map this season. He had not allowed a run in 21 straight appearances before being charged with two.
• The series concludes with a Thursday matinee. Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6, 4.93) pitches for the Phillies against Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda (12-6, 4.91).