Back to Reality: Monday Morning After Headlines

Back to Reality: Monday Morning After Headlines

It was a little odd sitting on my back patio yesterday afternoon, empty blue sky overhead and the wind dying down by the hour. Don't we have tickets for a game tonight? Obviously, despite the calm after the storm, the Phillies and Union made the right decision to just scrap a day that featured an early morning hurricane that did lay some damage around the area, from widespread power outages to some serious flooding. The road I usually take to get to PPL Park was completely flooded as of yesterday afternoon, and I'm guessing field conditions were less than optimal.

With no sports on the docket yesterday, we enjoyed a little day off to recuperate from our Happy Landfall, Irene! party. Today we're sifting through the news debris as the Philly sports world gets back to reality.

Headlines from the weekend and Monday morning below.

Once both Saturday's games were called due to rain, the Phillies boarded a plane for Cincinnati, where they'll face the Reds in a four-game set to start the week. Jim Salisbury takes a look at Cole Hamels' return from the DL, with video on whether John Mayberry Jr is close to becoming a regular in the Phillies lineup and Vance Worley's potential for starting in the playoffs. [CSNPhilly]

We have a lot of baseball coming our way now that the hurricane hiatus is over, with the Phillies playing 33 games in 31 days. Sam Donnellon looks on the bright side and asks whether this might actually be a good thing for the Phils. [Philly.com]

Bob Vetrone Jr's BoopStats blog says that the Reds are an ideal opponent for Cole's return to the rotation. [BoopStats]

With Irene bearing down on the Delaware Valley like the Browns first quarter pass rush did on Michael Vick Thursday night, the Eagles shook up their offensive line on Saturday. Kulp described the new-look line here. [The700Level]

New Flyer Brayden Schenn is taking tips from longtime NHL star Gary Roberts, but it's not on how to put the puck in the net… it's on what to put in his shopping cart at the grocery store. [Globe and Mail]

The Union may have been off yesterday, but the other local soccer club was in action, with the Independence squaring off against Marta and the Western New York Flash for the Women's Professional Soccer League Championship. It's the second time the Independence have made the final in their two-year history. Unfortunately, the Flash would win the match on penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended with the teams locked at one. Great showing in 2011, ladies. [CSNPhilly]

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

Best of MLB: Hyun Soo Kim's pinch HR gives Orioles win

TORONTO -- Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday night to move within one game of the AL wild card-leading Blue Jays.

With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right, causing the Orioles relievers to jump in celebration.

Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.

Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth.

Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save in as many tries (see full recap).

Mets win to keep grip on wild-card spot
MIAMI -- The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade Wednesday, and then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play a game.

Drained by four days of grieving, they didn't have much left for the New York Mets.

Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and the Mets helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami 5-2.

New York began the night leading the Giants by half a game and the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the race for the two wild-card spots. The Mets conclude the regular season with three games at Philadelphia starting Friday.

The Marlins' loss in their home finale eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite high hopes this year, they still haven't been to the postseason since 2003.

Set Lugo (5-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

Jose Urena (4-9) allowed five runs in five innings (see full recap).

Cano's HR boosts Mariners' playoff hopes
HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 12-4 Wednesday to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.

Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season, as Seattle pulled within 1 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card. Houston dropped three games back as its magic number for elimination was cut to two. The Orioles were at Toronto on Wednesday night.

Cano's career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

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The Associated Press

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA – The Phillies continued to stumble toward the season’s finish line on Wednesday night. They were hammered, 12-2, by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Adam Morgan was bruised for 10 hits and nine runs in five innings.

The Phils have lost five of their last six games. They have given up 63 runs over that span.

The Phils have lost six straight to the Braves and are 16-35 in their last 51 games against the NL East.

With four games to play, the Phils are 70-88.

Starting pitching report
Morgan was hit hard early but had to give the Phils some innings as the bullpen has carried a heavy load lately. He finished the season 2-11 with a 6.04 ERA in 23 games, 21 of which were starts.

Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz picked up the win. He gave up just one run over five innings.

At the plate
The Phillies had just four hits. They have scored 599 runs this season. They are the only team in the majors not to reach 600.

The Braves had 13 hits, including six for extra bases. They were 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Matt Kemp doubled and homered for the Braves.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games. He has reached base safely in 46 straight games, tying Washington’s Jayson Werth for most this season.

ICYMI
Like Pete Mackanin, GM Matt Klentak sees a need for offense, but he remains committed to the team’s rebuild (see story).

Health check
Roman Quinn is likely done for the season. Aaron Nola is throwing in Florida (see story).

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday night. Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 3.78) will make his final start of the season (and likely his final with the Phillies) against Atlanta right-hander Josh Collmenter (3-0, 4.19).

It will be the Phillies’ final appearance in Turner Field. The Braves move into a new park next season.

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