Marlon Byrd bashes a ball really, really far but Marlins walk off winners

Marlon Byrd bashes a ball really, really far but Marlins walk off winners

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Marlon Byrd absolutely destroyed a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game up with the Marlins and give the Phillies life. But after Mike Adams put in some work, Jake Diekman was not able to hold on and allowed the Marlins to walk it off. Typically when you point fingers at the Phils' pen this season, Diekman isn't the one to blame. Today was not his day.

Byrd's home run made things interesting for a short while, however. ESPN Stats and Info says it's the longest home run hit by a Phillies player in years. It went 442 feet to dead center.

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The Marlins young outfield is a thing to envy.

The Phils fall to 20-24 on the season, a worst spot that they were in either of the two previous seasons, as Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb points out: in 2012 and 2013 the Phils were 21-23 through 44 games.

Less than mediocre.

They're now headed home to start a holiday weekend set with the Dodgers tomorrow night.

Options for Eagles in Rounds 2-3 of NFL draft

Options for Eagles in Rounds 2-3 of NFL draft

Here's a breakdown of players that should interest the Eagles on Friday at pick No. 43 in the second round and No. 99 in the third round.

Options for No. 43

Kevin King, CB, Washington and Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Either would be good fits at 43, but I doubt either will be there (see Round 2 mock below).

Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
There is no denying that Mixon has first-round talent, and the Eagles reportedly are interested, so grabbing a guy with this much talent to help Carson Wentz certainly is a possibility.

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
Big, tough and can cover — Wilson seems to be a perfect fit for Jim Schwartz's defense. Other corner options for Round 2: Rasul Douglas (West Virginia), Teez Tabor (Florida) and Ahkello Witherspoon (Colorado).

Budda Baker, S, Washington
While safety isn't a real need, Baker's ball skills and ability to slide inside to cover the slot make him a versatile and talented addition to any defense. Malcolm Jenkins isn't getting any younger. 

Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
Samuel doesn't really have a set position, but could prove to be a dangerous weapon in the right offense. Speed is his game, and whether he's coming out of the backfield or lining up in the slot, he'd give Wentz another tool to work with. 

Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy State
The Eagles retained Jason Peters, but it's only a matter of time before Lane Johnson slides over to replace him. Garcia is a small-school stud who is really athletic. He's only 303 pounds and will need to get stronger.

Options for No. 99

Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
Again, the Eagles need offensive help. Kupp played in the FCS, but destroyed players at that level. He's got size (6-2/204) and great hands. 

Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida
If not for injuries, Anzalone would be long gone by now. An athletic middle linebacker who could allow Jordan Hicks to slide outside. 

Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
A smaller (5-11/188) CB who excels in man-to-man coverage. Might not be big enough for Schwartz to play on the outside, but could become an excellent slot corner. 

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
A big power back who can carry a big workload, Perine shared carries with Mixon in 2016. 

Second-round mock draft

33. Green Bay — Kevin King, CB, Washington
34. Seattle — Forrest Lamp, OT, Western Kentucky
35. Jacksonville — Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
36. Chicago — Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
37. L.A. Rams — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
38. L.A. Chargers — Budda Baker, S, Washington
39. N.Y. Jets — DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame
40. Carolina — Dion Dawkins, OL, Temple
41. Cincinnati — Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
42. New Orleans — Josh Jones, S, NC State
43. Eagles — Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
44. Buffalo — Davis Webb, QB, California
45. Arizona — JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
46. Indianapolis —  Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida
47. Baltimore — Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
48. Minnesota — Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
49. Washington — Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina
50. Tampa Bay — Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
51. Denver — Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan
52. Cleveland - Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut
53. Detroit — Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M
54. Miami — Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State
55. N.Y. Giants — Dorian Johnson, OG, Pittsburgh
56. Oakland — Tyus Bowser, LB, Houston
57. Houston — Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
58. Seattle — Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy State
59. Kansas City — Taylor Moton, Western Michigan
60. Dallas — Marcus Maye, S, Florida
61. Green Bay — Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
62. Pittsburgh — Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
63. Atlanta — Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA 
64. Carolina — Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons trust the NFL draft process on the Parkway

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons trust the NFL draft process on the Parkway

When fans came to Philadelphia to see the future of the NFL, they got a glimpse of the Sixers' future, too.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons walked through the draft festivities on Thursday surrounded by fans. 

Embiid posted an Instagram video soaking in a — you guessed it — "Trust the Process" chant. Check out that video above.

That night, Embiid and Simmons expressed their appreciation for the crowd's enthusiastic reaction.