Phils' Offense Will Try Again, This Time in Cavernous Petco Park

Phils' Offense Will Try Again, This Time in Cavernous Petco Park

The NL West has some big ballparks. Having left one pitcher-friendly confine (AT&T Park) only to find  themselves in another, the Phillies will open up a four-game set with the San Diego Padres at Petco Park this evening.
Of course, the Phils are coming off a squandered Cliff Lee 10-inning gem that resulted in a 1-0 loss in eleven. It was well-advertised before the season that this team would have trouble scoring runs, but, now more than ever, the pitching staff was supposed to make up for the lack of power at the plate. Unfortunately, as Kulp pointed out earlier today, the offense isn't doing its part late in contests to win the tight ballgames they'll have to play if they are to rely on starting pitching.
Tonight, they'll start anew, hoping to extend the Phillies' recent good fortunes in San Diego.

Working in the Phils' favor is that that they've won their last 11 in a row at Petco Park, 15 of their last 16 dating back to 2008, and 22 of 26 in SD since the stadium opened in 2004. That 11-game win streak at Petco is the longest active streak for any visiting team in any stadium.
On the mound for the visiting Phillies, Vance Worley is 0-1 this year with a 3.75 ERA in two starts. After surrendering just one in his first start of the year versus the Pirates, he gave up four on eight hits and a tied-for-career-high four walks against the Mets on Apr. 14. He has not gone past the sixth inning in either start.
Standing opposed, 22-year-old Joe Weiland is making just his second career start in the majors. The first came last Saturday, when he was knocked around by the Dodgers for six runs on six hits and three homers in five innings pitched.
First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 on CSN and can be heard on both 94 WIP and 1210 AM.
Charlie's 4/19 lineup:

Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Victorino CF, Mayberry 1B, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Worley P

We've got six more of these West Coast games to stay up for in a row? Sheesh. See you postgame.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.