Swept Back to Texas!

Swept Back to Texas!

Things got a little heated in South Philly last night and the Phillies sent the Rangers packing.  The night started a little rough for Vincente Padilla giving up 3 runs on 2 homers in the first, but he settled down enough to keep the Phillies in it.  Balls were flying out of CBP and in the 2nd Burrell and Thome went back-to-back and Todd Pratt added a solo shot later in the inning.

Things got a little interesting in the 5th when Padilla hit Mark Teixeira on a seemingly harmless pitch.  Texas didn't seem to happy about Padilla dinking their two home run guy and retaliated in the following inning.  Abreu led off and was hit hard in the back of the upper arm.  Pat the Bat, who had homered earlier, came in and sent a blast deep into left.  Pat slammed the bat to the ground after his shot on his way to first.  It was awesome.  This team is starting to play some exciting ball and I love the emotion Burrell showed in support of his man Abreu.

The two newest Phillies made appearances with Ramon Martinez grounding out in a pinch hit and Mr. Urbina pitched a shaky third of the ninth.  I kind of think Charlie should have let Ugueth work through this one instead of pulling him and going with Billy Wagner.  Urbina came in for the perfect first chance with his new team; up big with a chance to get a few outs and leave to a big ovation.  Instead he got lit up and pulled.  Could this mess with his head?  Hopefully not too much but their have been some grumblings of Uggie having some attitude issues.

Wagner came in to get the final two outs, but not after allowing 2 runs and giving the Phillies faithful an unnecessary scare.  Endy Chavez made a stellar catch going extremely deep to center and running one down.  Wags got his 17th save and Padilla got his 3rd win of the season.

With Abreu and Burrell playing All-Star caliber ball and Chase Utley's pop being added to the everyday lineup, if Jim Thome can resemble his former self, the Phillies lineup could be nasty.  Plans for the Bandwagon are being made.

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

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For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.