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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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3


The Phillies rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Tommy Joseph won it with a single up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The hit scored Aaron Altherr, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

The Phils have won just six of their last 27 games. Joseph has had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the last two wins.

In addition to Joseph, who also homered, the star of the game was the Phillies' bullpen. Four Phils' relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings after starter Jerad Eickhoff exited. The Phillies' bullpen is riding a 19 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a bunt hit and a two-run homer to the first two batters of the game but took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double in that inning as the Reds tied the game at 3-3.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo, back in action at age 40 after recovering from surgery the last two seasons, gave up three runs — all on solo homers — over five innings.

Bullpen report
Good work by Edubray Ramos to get two outs in the sixth to strand a runner in scoring position and preserve a 3-3 tie. Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris each followed with a scoreless inning. Neris struck out dangerous Joey Votto on a splitter with a man on base to end the top of the ninth. He got the win.

Austin Brice pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds. Michael Lorenzen took the loss. He gave up two hits in the ninth. Joseph's game-winning hit came on a 97 mph heater.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez, Michael Saunders and Joseph all clouted solo homers for the Phillies. Joseph has six homers in his last 21 games.

Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer against Eickhoff in the first inning. The Reds tied the game on a one-out double by Scooter Gennett in the sixth.

Remembering Bunning
Jim Bunning died Friday night. Larry Bowa recalled the impact that the Hall of Famer had on his career (see story).

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.36) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) are the pitchers.

Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season


Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at Verizon Center.

With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Soul promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.

"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the team's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season." 

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.

Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.

The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.