Ryne Sandberg’s Jeff Manship Gambit was The Most Phillies Thing Ever

Ryne Sandberg’s Jeff Manship Gambit was The Most Phillies Thing Ever

Jeff Manship was cruising. The right-hander woke up Saturday morning with a 7.53 earned run average, but that didn’t seem to matter as he was retiring 12 New York Mets batters in order, six of them on strikes. For innings 10 through 13, Manship carried the Philadelphia Phillies.

So when the pitcher’s spot came up with a runner on third and two outs, Fightins skipper Ryne Sandberg left Manship hit. At this point, the club had been playing competitive baseball for 10 of the last 25 hours, and Ben Revere legitimately might be the next man up in the bullpen. Yes, you could argue leaving Manship in with his eight Major League plate appearances is a total play-not-to-lose strategy in this situation. Yet, if by some minor miracle he puts the ball in play and reaches first base safely, or even draws a free pass at least…

And then, magic. Manship tops a weak chopper that has just enough juice to clear the mound, and now the ball is heading into the hole up the middle. Shortstop Ruben Tejada has a beat on it though—but he’s having trouble getting the thing out of his glove. Manship is going to be safe. Manship is going to be safe!

Manship is probably going to be safe IF he doesn’t start to hobble while grabbing at his right quadriceps. Instead, he does the latter, and the game is going to the 14th. Worse still, Manship is hurt, and that whole playing-not-to-lose thing? That’s down the tubes, too.

Antonio Bastardo enters and surrenders a run on cue. The Phillies threaten, but ultimately fall short. Mets win 5-4.

Phillies baseball.

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College Hoops wrap: St. Joe's edged in usual ending at Saint Louis

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College Hoops wrap: St. Joe's edged in usual ending at Saint Louis

No. 2 Villanova bounced back with a win over No. 23 Creighton, clinching the Big East regular-season title outright (see Instant Replay). Meanwhile, Temple was able to clip Tulane in double overtime to end a three-game losing streak (see Instant Replay).

Here's a look at the rest of college hoops in the Philly area. 

Saint Joseph's edged by Saint Louis in unusual ending, 61-60
ST. LOUIS -- Jalen Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mike Crawford hit a key 3-pointer, and Saint Louis edged Saint Joseph's 61-60 with an unusual ending on Saturday.

The Billikens were up 61-58 with five seconds left when Crawford missed a pair of free throws. The Hawks' Jai Williams grabbed the rebound and passed to James Demery. Demery dribbled the floor and bypassed Brendan Casper, who was calling for the ball just outside the 3-point arc, and made a layup as time expired, sealing a one-point win for Saint Louis.

Crawford's 3-pointer gave the Billikens a 59-58 lead with 1:15 to play. Johnson forced a turnover on Saint Joseph's next possession, and Aaron Hines made a layup to stretch the lead to 61-58.

Saint Louis (10-19, 5-11 Atlantic 10) snapped a three-game losing skid.

Chris Clover scored 17 points to lead Saint Joseph's (10-18, 3-13), which has lost eight straight (see full recap).

Drexel downed in Charleston, 80-67
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals, Joe Chealey added 16 with three steals, and the College of Charleston beat Drexel 80-67 on Saturday to win its fourth straight.

Cameron Johnson scored 14 for the Cougars (23-8, 14-4), who have a No. 2 seed and first-round bye secured at next week's Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Chealey's free throw put the Cougars up for good 11-10 en route to a 36-26 halftime lead. Brantley hit three straight free throws and the Cougars led by 18, 70-52, with 6:30 left to play in the second half and were never seriously threatened.

The Cougars shot 27 of 40 free throws and outrebounded the Dragons 39-32, scoring 14 second-chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds.

Kurk Lee scored 13 points for Drexel (9-22, 3-15), which has lost five straight (see full recap).

Penn State allows near triple-double to Mason, loses to Minnesota, 81-71
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nate Mason had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Jordan Murphy added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Minnesota Gophers in an 81-71 win over Penn State on Saturday.

Dupree McBrayer added 15 points off the bench for Minnesota (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten) with Akeem Springs scoring 12. Reggie Lynch had nine points and set a career-high with 11 blocks as the Gophers won their seventh game in a row and avenged an earlier loss at Penn State.

Tony Carr had 20 points and seven assists, while Shep Garner scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nittany Lions, who have lost three straight. Penn State had just five turnovers, all in the first half, but shot 35.5 percent.

Excluding the vacated season of 1996-97, Minnesota has won seven games in a row for the first time since 1978 (see full recap).