The old goat still has some fight left in him, that's for sure. Pedro Martinez pitched eight shutout innings, throwing a hefty 130 pitches en route to a 1-0 Phillies win. Martinez's pitch count was climbing after the seventh and most thought his night was over at that point. Pedro came back out for the eighth and was still throwing heat. After allowing a double to Daniel Murphy, Uncle Cholly trotted out to the mound, seemingly putting an end to Pedro's day. But after a brief chat with Martinez, Manuel headed back to the dugout to an eruption of cheers from the Citizens Bank Park faithful. Just three pitches later, Daniel Murphy made a base running blunder and Chooch nailed him at third. CBP was electric.
Ryan Madson pitched a fairly uneventful ninth, only allowing one base runner en route to the save.
The Phillies bats were silent for much of the day, but a nice piece of hitting on a single in the first to score Rollins proved to be just enough for Pedro.
Wow. What a cap on a crazy, busy day in Philadelphia sports. Three for three. That Phillies crowd had a somewhat playoff intensity feel to it in the eighth.
"I got caught up in it because it reminded me a lot of Boston
especially when they started chanting, 'Pay-dro, Pay-dro,'" Martinez
said. Quote via Scott Lauber.
Oh, and Pedro's win officially eliminated the Mets from the playoffs. Sleep easy tonight, Philly fans.
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.