My Eyes! Zee Goggles Do Nothing! Phils Still Trying to Wake Up in Colorado

My Eyes! Zee Goggles Do Nothing! Phils Still Trying to Wake Up in Colorado

The Phillies' free fall continued on Friday night against the Colorado Rockies, one of the few teams in the National League with a worse record than the Fightins. The bats are cold, now averaging 3.3 runs per game over their last 12, and the pitching staff simply isn't going to carry them through.

The Rocks are still the team to try to rebound against though, and there are two chances remaining to salvage a series win. Vance Worley (4-5, 3.54) takes on Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.05) in Saturday night's 8:10 matchup.

Following his worst start of the season, Worley rebounded somewhat in his last outing, allowing three runs over six innings against the Braves -- good enough for a no decision, but resulting in another Phils' loss. He was effective against Colorado back in June though, giving up two in seven strong, but was tagged for an L anyway.

After a stint as a reliever in the Rockies' four-man rotation experiment, Guthrie is starting once again, and has been better thus far. He went six and held the opponent to two in back-to-back games before the break. He also came out of the pen to shut down the Phillies for three innings in one of last month's tilts.

Neither pitcher has seen a whole lot of the other side, but Worley has generally been steady for the Phils, while Guthrie has twice led the league in losses. Not going to say the P-word, but that aside, the only way losing to Colorado benefits the home team is in the race for a higher draft pick.

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Future Eagle (?) Latavius Murray posts workout with Carson Wentz on Instagram

Could the Eagles be interested in signing another top free agent running back named Murray?

No, not that guy. 

Oakland/Los Angeles/Las Vegas Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the soon-to-be free agent working out with Carson Wentz with the caption "im just here to help."

"im just here to help"

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It's no surprise the Eagles can stand to upgrade their running back corps this offseason — as several mock drafts have suggested. Could Murray be the answer?

 

Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

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Instant Replay: UConn 64, Temple 63

Temple’s roller coaster season continued with a new low on Sunday afternoon.

The Owls, who led nearly the entire way, allowed UConn guard Jalen Adams to make a reverse layup with 2.9 seconds remaining in a 64-63 loss at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. missed the potential game-winning shot from half court as time expired.

Turning point
The Owls (14-14, 5-10 AAC) looked like they might avoid blowing a 10-point lead after Quinton Rose responded to Rodney Purvis’ game-tying three-pointer with a three of his own to give them a 63-60 lead with 2:32 left.

However, the Huskies (14-12, 9-5 AAC) responded with a pair of free throws from Adams before he snaked his way into the lane with the clock running down for the game-winner. The layup gave UConn its seventh win in the last eight games.

Big men on campus
The Huskies were led by Rodney Purvis’ game-high of 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He also added five assists. 

Adams shot just 5 of 13 for 13 points, but connected with the game on the line. He also chipped in five assists and five boards.

The Owls received a jolt Sunday from their young players, as freshmen Damion Moore and Alani Moore II scored a combined 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. 

In a solid all-around effort, Temple’s Daniel Dingle scored 17 points, with six boards and six assists. Alston Jr. contributed 11 points, six assists and 5 rebounds.

Inside the box score
• After making 5 of 9 shots from three-point range in the first half, Temple finished the game 7 of 21 from deep.

• UConn's Kentan Facey had a big game in the first matchup between the two teams with 23 points and 10 rebounds. On Sunday, the senior was held to eight points and four rebounds after dealing with foul trouble in the first half.

• Temple couldn’t find any room inside, as the Owls lost the points in the paint battle 26-16.

History lesson
With the win, UConn improved to 9-7 in the all-time series. The victory was the Huskies’ third straight in the series.

Up next
The Owls will continue on a three-game homestand Wednesday at 7 p.m. against UCF.

UConn will stay on the road and play at Houston also on Wednesday.