Stop the Bleeding: Flyers-Sabres Edition

Stop the Bleeding: Flyers-Sabres Edition

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These are troubling times for the newly-minted sole
proprietors of last place in the Atlantic Division – yes, even the Islanders
are in better shape than the Flyers right now. In fact, no NHL team is coming
off of as damaging a week, their three games without points the worst such ongoing
streak in the league.

Despite the current slide, Philadelphia remains a mere four
points out of a playoff spot, so it’s not quite the end of the world.

On the other hand, the Flyers would have to win a game occasionally
in order for any of that to actually matter.

Theoretically the Sabres are an opportune opponent given the
situation. Buffalo failed to reach the tournament a year ago, and were out to
6-10-1 start before the organization removed long-time head coach Lindy Ruff on
February 20. The club has improved only marginally since Ron Rolston was
promoted from AHL affiliate Rochester, posting a 3-3-2 record up to this point.

Then again, the Flyers have done little to distinguish
themselves from the likes of the Sabres, let alone any other team writhing at
the bottom of the pile in the Eastern Conference. Philly has just two more
points than Buffalo in the standings, three more than last-place Florida.

The Sabres also own a win over Orange & Black from back
in the second game of the year, although one aided by questionable officiating.
The Flyers had a goal waved off on a bad goaltender interference call, and
another wasn’t counted thanks to a premature whistle in the 5-2 loss.

While they may not be a long way from getting their season
back on track, the Bullies have much further to travel before they come
anywhere near rebuilding the city’s shaken confidence. However, at least they could
stem the tide somewhat by picking up a W tonight.

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West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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Photo credit: Ed Mailliard

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Instant Replay: Rockies 8, Phillies 1

Instant Replay: Rockies 8, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

The Phillies' offense was quiet again in an 8-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

The Phillies had just three hits. They mustered just three in losing, 1-0, at Pittsburgh on Sunday.

The loss was the Phillies' 18th in the last 22 games. They have been outscored 126-89 over that span.

The Phils are 15-27.

Colorado's 29-17 record is the best in the National League.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff gave up nine hits and four runs over six innings. Four of the hits that Eickhoff allowed came in the third inning when the Rockies scored three times. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Eickhoff is 0-5 with a 4.70 ERA in nine starts.

Colorado rookie Jeff Hoffman, called up from Triple A earlier in the day, was impressive in the eighth start of his big-league career. Make that very impressive. He scattered three hits and a run over seven walk-free innings and struck out seven.

Hoffman, a 24-year-old product of East Carolina University, was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, going ninth overall, two picks behind Aaron Nola. He was dealt to the Rockies in the trade that sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Jays.

Bullpen report
Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless seventh inning and struck out two.

Scott Oberg, Mike Dunn and Jake McGee closed out the Phillies.

At the plate
The Phils were out-hit, 13-3.

Aaron Altherr had a pair of doubles against Hoffman. He scored the Phillies' lone run on a hit by Tommy Joseph in the fourth.

Charlie Blackmon flared a two-run double to left to score the Rockies' first two runs in the third. DJ LeMahieu followed with an RBI single. Carlos Gonzalez doubled, moved to second on a hit by Mark Reynolds and scored the Rockies' fourth run on a line-drive sacrifice fly by Gerardo Parra in sixth.

The Rockies blew the game open with four runs in the top of the ninth. Nolan Arenado highlighted things with a two-run homer off Luis Garcia.

In the field
First baseman Joseph made a costly error in the ninth.

Lineup stuff
Michael Saunders, who opened the season hitting fifth, was dropped to eighth in the batting order. "He's not hitting," manager Pete Mackanin said in explaining the move. Saunders entered the game on an 0-for-11 skid, hitting just .232. He went 0 for 3 to extend his hitless streak to 14 at-bats.

Up next
The series continues on Tuesday night. Zach Eflin (0-1, 4.25) opposes Colorado right-hander German Marquez (2-2, 4.34).