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Former Phillies outfielder costs fan a shot at $5.6 million

Former Phillies outfielder costs fan a shot at $5.6 million

Ezequiel Carrera, who played in 13 games for the Phillies in 2013, cost one baseball fan a shot at $5.6 million in MLB.com’s popular Beat the Streak contest by going 0-for-4 in last night’s game.

The concept of the competition is for fans to select one or two baseball players a day with the hopes of putting together the longest hitting streak with results from real games. A streak of 57 games is worth $5.6 million to anyone who can last that long and one-up the record set by Joe DiMaggio.

The online contest, which began in 2001, never had anyone reach a streak of 50 games until Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run against the Phillies pushed Robert Mosley’s streak to 51 games, just six away from the big money. On Monday, he selected Kevin Pillar, who went 1-for-5 and Carrera, who came into the game batting .327.

Against starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and the Atlanta Braves, Carrera went hitless, thanks to this nice defensive play by Jace Peterson, and Mosley’s streak came to an end.

While a shot at $5.6 million was lost, Mosley can still take home the $10,000 prize for longest streak of the baseball season.

J.P. Crawford hits rare inside-the-park grand slam capped with amazing slide

J.P. Crawford hits rare inside-the-park grand slam capped with amazing slide

After getting pretty beat up by minor league baseball experts, J.P. Crawford continues his recent hot streak.

Crawford pulled off a play on Wednesday night that you certainly don't see every day. He hit a rare inside-the-park GRAND SLAM.

But he should have been out. The solid throw from the outfield to home plate clearly had him beat but the catcher was pretty nonchalant with his tag and Crawford managed a pretty good slide underneath.

Safe!

It was Crawford's ninth home run of the season.

Lehigh Valley went on to beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2 and Crawford finished the night 1-3 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Just like a closer, Ken Giles has odd way to get ready before a game

Just like a closer, Ken Giles has odd way to get ready before a game

They always say to be a closer, you've got to be a bit whacky.

Ken Giles seems to have that down.

The former Phillie always seemed to have the intensity and intimidation.

I mean, look at this ...

Well, add the peculiarity to his focus and arm.

Prior to Wednesday's game against his old club, Giles was getting the mind right with some important meditation in the Astros' bullpen, which you can watch in the video above.

As you can see, this guy is clearly meant for the ninth inning.

And, hey, when your team is 67-33 and 17½ games up in first place, you're allowed to be this loose.