Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!

Phillies End Series in Arizona, Live Blog!


According to Tom Fornelli
, the Phillies shouldn't even show up today in Arizona.

If I were a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, I'd probably just skip
the trip to Chase Field and go straight to the airport to catch my
flight to San Francisco. I mean, Brandon Webb is starting for the Diamondbacks this afternoon, so you already know you're going to lose, why waste your time?

Yeah, the Phillies should just go hit the links today instead, right? Wait just a minute. Mr. Fornelli later contradicts himself a bit.

He hasn't been that good against the Phillies in his career, though, as
even though he has a respectable 3.99 ERA against them, he's 2-3 in
eight career starts.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the Phillies should show up.

It's Friday (Thursday), we ain't got no job (today) and we ain't got shit to do (except imbibe and watch baseball), so we may provide you with a Phillies live blog today.

Follow along with us on our tangential ramblings of the Phillies game today. First pitch at 3:40. Brett Myers will take the mound and try to prove he hasn't lost his stuff just yet for the Phils.

Pregame:

Harry and Wheels are on Comcast while MLB.tv is running the Arizona Fox Sportsnet broadcast. Jimmy Rollins won't be in the line up today but could make his return to the ball club tomorrow in San Fran.

Pat Burrell gets the day off. So what.

Top 1st:

Victorino leads off with an infield single. And he didn't even flinch when he ran by the bag. Tough Hawaiian.

Wheels is talking about the "beautiful natural air" flowing into the ball park with the roof opened up. Love that stuff.

Bruntlet grounds out but advances Shane.

Utley is 5-11 lifetime off Webb with a HR Shane moves to third on a passed ball.

Chase Utley hits a deep fly to center, Vic tags. 1-0 Phils

Ryan Howard strikes out, of course, to end the inning. But hell, I'll take a run per inning off Webb anytime. Nice to get to him early.

Bot 1st

Sorry, we got distracted reading about Comcast's venture into wireless Internet. Also, we did not see any signs that Clare was asking about.

Myers has not given up a HR yet but gave up his first hit to Ojeda.

Uh. Sorry. Brett Myers gives up his major league leading 12th home run. 2-1 Arizona

Brett Myers steals my will to blog. Geoff Jenkins made a nice play to end the inning, but damn it, Myers gave the lead right back to 'Zona.

Top 2nd

My buddy Scott's possible explanation of Myers: He's trying to take some of the heat off of Howard leading the lead in Ks.

Ground out, ground out, ground out. Inning over.

Bot 2nd

Myers doesn't look very sharp. Shocking! Gives up a single to start the inning. Synder follows that up with another single. Myers must not have done his tossing today.

DOUBLE PLAY! woo! Nice play by E-Brunt

I would like to be a major leaguer if for no other reason than to get to hang on the dugout fence and watch the game. That's a killer view.

Down goes Webb. Myers bounces back after two hits to get out of the inning unscathed.

Top 3

Tom McCarthy -- reporting live! -- tells us that BWebb was an average pitcher before he learned his sinker and later a nice change. On The DL did a podcast with TMac last night.

Another 1,2,3 inning for Webb. Vic almost slapped an infield single but they nailed him on a nice fielding effort.

Bot 3

Sorry, was reading about a man who shot a 66 on one hole of golf.

Two quick outs for Brett. and a nice K to end the inning. Myers is so Jekyll and Hyde.

Top 4

Also, more on Marvin Harrison. Did anyone hear Eskin bashing blogs yesterday? Man, that guy is worse than Buzz Bissinger.

Bruntlet gets on and Utley pops out.

E-Brunt puts on his wheels and steals second. Ryan Howard will not hit a HR.

My reverse psychology did not work. Howard grounds out and moves Bruntlet over to third.

Jenkins can't get anything done and pops out to short. This game is boring.

Bot 4th

Myers avoids the middle of the plate and walks Upton to start the inning.

Back to back walks and now men on first and second. This could be trouble.

Getting dicey. On a chopper to short, Bruntlet couldn't handle it and bases are juiced.

And there it goes. With bases juiced Myers gives up a 2 run double to Chris Synder. Where, oh where, did Brett Myers we all knew and loved go? 4-1 Dbacks with no outs.

I don't even know what happened on a ball hit to Dobbs, off his glove, to Bruntlett who had no play on it? 5-1 Dbacks. Damnit this is getting ugly quick.

ASDJASDJSDO!@#J!@#!@ crikey.  Bruntlet makes a nice play and flips to Utley at second but Chase didn't handle it properly and didn't even get one out.

Fly out to center gets in another. 6-1 Dbacks, 2 outs.  And a pop up to end the horrid inning. Ugh.

Top 5th

Phils can't catch a break as Dobbs is robbed of a single by a tremendous play at third.

Later in the Game

I got back just in time to see Howard get a hit! I swear he did. I didn't dream it.

Also, sixers of Newcastle for those curious.

Phils aren't getting anything, we're going on a beer run. Be back in a few.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story). 

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

Best of NHL: Blue Jackets top Red Wings to notch 5th straight win

DETROIT -- Brandon Dubinsky scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the surging Columbus Blue Jackets won their fifth straight game, 4-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

Lukas Sedlak got his first NHL goal for the Blue Jackets, who have earned at least a point in 12 of their last 13 games. Cam Atkinson contributed a short-handed goal in the first period for Columbus.

Dylan Larkin's power-play goal in the second was the only scoring of the night for the Red Wings. Sergei Bobrovsky had 32 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Sam Gagner scored into an empty net with 13.9 seconds remaining (see full story). 

Staal scores in 6th round of SO to lift Wild over Oilers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored in the sixth round of a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker scored in regulation for Minnesota, which has won three straight.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. He entered with a league-best .946 save percentage and 1.65 goals-against average.

Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had goals for the Oilers, whose four-game losing streak began with a 2-1 home overtime loss to the Wild last Sunday.

Staal scored on a backhand deke before Nugent-Hopkins fired wide in the sixth round (see full story). 

Raanta, Rangers beat Blackhawks, 1-0, in overtime
CHICAGO -- Nick Holden scored 55 seconds into overtime, Antti Raanta made 26 saves against his former team and the New York Rangers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 1-0 on Friday night.

Derek Stepan passed from the boards to a streaking Holden in the middle of the ice, and he beat Scott Darling on the stick side for his fourth goal of the season.

Darling was going for his second straight shutout while subbing for injured starter Corey Crawford but had to settle for another solid performance.

Raanta, who made his NHL debut with Chicago in 2013 and played for the Blackhawks for two seasons before he was traded to New York, improved to 15-0-3 in 20 career appearances at the United Center.

The 27-year-old Raanta had 17 saves in Thursday's 2-1 victory at Winnipeg, and coach Alain Vigneault opted to give him a second straight start over Henrik Lundqvist because of his recent play and his success in Chicago (see full story).

Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- T.J. Oshie and Marcus Johansson each scored a goal, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Jakub Vrana and John Carlson also scored, helping Washington beat Buffalo for the third time in 15 days.

Kyle Okposo scored and Robin Lehner made 25 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres have lost three of their last four.

Oshie gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 6:43 into the second period when he lifted a shot from the right edge of the crease past Lehner. Jay Beagle drew two defenders into the corner and sent the puck back to a wide open Oshie for his ninth goal of the season (see full story).