Cliff and Phils Look to Avoid Sweep Behind After Embarrassing Call Costs Them Game Two

Cliff and Phils Look to Avoid Sweep Behind After Embarrassing Call Costs Them Game Two

That one hurt. The Phils were on the comeback trail against the Brewers in the 9th inning last night, with a leadoff Freddy Galvis solo shot cutting the lead to one, and Jimmy Rollins singling and a Ben Revere bunt getting us a man in scoring position with just one out. But with J-Roll sitting for the game with a sore foot, Charlie had Kyle Kendrick take the basepaths for him, and continuing our streak of good luck with pitchers getting used as pinch-runners, it quickly proved a disaster, as Milwaukee reliever made a wild spin to second to pick off a leaning Kyle, with shortstop Jean Segura applying the tag.

Except he didn't. Second-base ump Mike Estabrook called the tag, but it was never actually made--the ball clearly popped out of Segura's glove as he was swiping Kyle, and not recovered until the pitcher was easily back on the bag. Still, the out call was made, and a subsequent Cesar Hernandez double to right, which would have easily scored KK from second, was instead wasted when Michael Martinez (a late-inning and arguably shortsighted base-running replacement for Ryan Howard) grounded out to short. Final score: Brewers 4, Phils 3.

The Downtown Dom Brown watch wasn't in huge effect last night, as the NL home-run leader went just 1-4 with the one hit being a single, but Dom did do something for the first time since April 30th--he took a walk. Of course, it wasn't really his choice--the walk came in that ninth inning with a base open and Michael Martinez on deck, an obvious situation for an IBB. Still, it was cool to see our best hitter being treated with the fear and respect that he deserves, and it was good to see that ol' OBP take a jump for Dom, regardless of situation. He's also hit safely in six straight and 11 of his last 12, if that's your sort of thing.

Anyway, Dom will get one more chance to power the Phils to a win against this damned Brew Crew, with the help of Cliff Lee taking the hill this afternoon. Cliff has obviously been our best starter this year, and is in a serious groove even by his standards of late, going 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five starts, going at least seven innings deep in each outing (with a typically Cliftonian 29:6 K/BB ratio). However, Lee's struggled in his career against Milwaukee (0-1, 5.08 ERA in five starts), and the Brewers' bats have already tagged the Phils for 12 runs in this series, so this is no time for electric relaxation from the Phife Dog.

1:35 first pitch from CBP. Before we get there, quick shoutout to Cesar Hernandez, who's hit fairly respectably (5-15 with a double and a run scored) in three starts filling in for the injured Chase Utley. After years of Wilson Valdezes and Juan Castros filling in for our perpetually injured middle infielders, nice to get a sub with at least the slightest hint of upside, no?

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?

Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.

Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.

Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."

If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.


Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”