Ughla. Phils Lose on a Walk-Off Grand Slam

Ughla. Phils Lose on a Walk-Off Grand Slam

Cue Billy Zane. It's a walk-off.

After 8 innings of pitchers dueling in Florida, Tom Gordon entered the game with a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth, walked two (including Wes Helms on four pitches), mixed in a hit, and then gave up a bomb to a free-swinging Dan Uggla. After it bounced around awhile, some Marlins fans moseyed over and picked it up.

Game. Uggla just tossed his tighty whities at us.

Cole Hamels and Andrew Miller were both dialed in tonight, with Cole
striking out 13 and allowing only three hits. Unfortunately, two were by Jorge Cantu, who put them both over the fence. He had the
fastball/change-up filth going tonight though, with a lot of strikes
coming on check swings, corkscrews, and even a launched bat.

Neither starter got any support, and there were some frustrating
moments on the basepaths, including a rare mental lapse by Chase Utley
that ended a rally in the making. We'll let him slide, but hopefully
when we do, he'll stay on the bag. Another questionable play was the
2-out bunt by Jayson Werth with the bases loaded, which ended the
Phillies half of the ninth after the they'd tied the game and had
reliever Kevin Gregg on the ropes.

It's easy to crucify Tom Gordon too, especially after the display
Hamels put on, but Flash's actually been decent this year (after Opening Day...) and was due for
a horrid outing. Bullpens are going to blow leads, and we've been
downright lucky at how few the Phils' have sharted away. If it makes you feel any
better, Billy Wagner coughed up a save tonight. (I bet that helps a little, doesn't
it?)

The bats have been curiously silent this series, letting the Fish creep back toward the top of the division. They'd better pick it up tomorrow to avoid the embarrassment of being swept in front of all those Florida fans.

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP