Phillies Complete Sweep of Atlanta with Walkoff Heroics

Phillies Complete Sweep of Atlanta with Walkoff Heroics

Roy Oswalt looked sharp and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the bats provided just enough pop to defeat Atlanta for the third straight evening. Not only did the Phils get to one of the Braves formidable young bullpen arms, Jonny Venters, in the eighth to tie the game up, but they finished in fantastic fashion with a Ross Gload pinch-hit walkoff single in the ninth to put an exclamation point on just who the NL East belongs to this season.

[watch Gload's walkoff single here]

In a bit of bad news, Chase Utley will be evaluated after suffering what is believed to be a mild concussion as a result of being hit on the head with a 92 mph fastball. The television review showed Utley asking the ump where he got hit after the play. Certainly a strange and ominous sight. Hopefully it's mild and Chase could be okay in a few days.

Utley did not get on the team flight to Milwaukee after the game.

[watch Utley's scary HBP in the head here]

CSN's John Finger has much more from the team post-game, including some great quotes from Ross Gload who felt great finally making a meaningful contribution.

“I’m trying to get through the year and if I can get a couple more hits
like that it will be a completely rewarding year for me,” Gload said.
“Hopefully it starts now and it leads into September and October and
stuff like that.”

CAPTION: Sep 07, 2011; Philadelphia, PA,
USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez (29) rounds third
base on his way to scoring during the ninth inning against the Atlanta
Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Braves 3-2.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

Hits King Pete Rose on Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have released their Wall of Fame ballot for 2017 and Pete Rose is on it for the first time.

Baseball’s all-time hits king joins Steve Bedrosian, Larry Christensen, Jim Fregosi, Gene Garber, Placido Polanco, Ron Reed, Scott Rolen, Manny Trillo and Rick Wise on the ballot.

The Phillies had to receive permission from commissioner Rob Manfred to include Rose on the ballot. Rose was placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list in 1989 after he admitted to wagering on baseball during his time as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. The ban precludes him from appearing on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Rose is still on the ineligible list, but Manfred has shown some leniency in recent years and Rose has been able to participate in some ceremonies. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame last summer. 

Rose was one of the stars on the Reds’ Big Red Machine, a club that won back-to-back World Series in 1975 and 1976. He came to the Phillies as a free agent before the 1979 season. He spent five years with the Phils and his leadership was considered key in getting a talented team over the top on its way to winning the 1980 World Series. 

The Phillies’ Wall of Fame ceremony will take place Aug. 12 at Citizens Bank Park. 

Fans have a voice in the voting, which is has begun on the team’s website -- Fans can select their top three choices and the five finalists will serve as the official ballot for a special Wall of Fame selection committee.