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While You Were Sleeping: The Phillies Finally Find Some Late Heroics

While You Were Sleeping: The Phillies Finally Find Some Late Heroics

"That was a great win," was what I thought to myself in the wee hours this morning. Perhaps it was because the clock said it was something like 1:00 AM on the East Coast and I was half asleep -- or perhaps a bit caught up in Jonathan Papelbon's overly excited game-clinching fist pump -- but the Phillies'come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night felt awesome. A bit like the old days even.

I say "old days" like it was so long ago that the Phillies were a team you never counted out of a game until the final strike was called. Truth is it wasn't that long ago. It's just that 2012 have been so abysmal. The Phils hadn't come from behind when trailing after seven innings all season. They were 0-38 in such instances for Pete Mackanin's sake.

That changed last night though.

The bases were loaded with two outs, the Phillies trailing the Dodgers 2-1 in the eighth inning, Hunter Pence stepped into the box to face Kenley Jansen.

Hunter had delivered two innings earlier with a big two-out single that appeared to score Ryan Howard from second but the not-exactly-fast Big Piece was called out by the home plate umpire on a real, real close play (Did you think he was safe? Tough to tell).

Surely Pence wouldn't come through again?

Chase Utley had started the eighth-inning rally by working a two-out walk. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz were subsequently hit by pitches before Ronald Belisario was yanked too late with ducks all over the pond. Charlie removed the gimpy Howard in favor of John Mayberry Jr. and it proved wise.

With Pence stepping in, fellow Level-headed Phillies fan Kulp shot me an instant message asking, "What do you think? Do they score here or no?" My response: "I'm not feeling it."

Of course I wasn't going to be feeling it. This Phillies team hadn't done it all season long. Faith had been ripped to shreds, thrown in a dumpster, and set on fire.

But that's why we watch, I guess. This team has looked a bit different since the All-Star Break.

Pence delivered with a single up the middle and Utley scored with ease as Mayberry trucked home to score behind him. It was just in time, too, as Chooch got gunned out at third to end the inning. We can forgive you that one, Carlos.

[watch video of Hunter Pence's go-ahead two-run single here]

Anyway. The sub .500 Phillies won a mid-July game against the Dodgers 3-2 with some late heroics. Roy Halladay pitched solid, the bats hit in the clutch, and the bullpen surprised. It felt pretty good.

*****

Here's what CSN's Jim Salisbury had to say about Doc's outing, "Roy Halladay acquitted himself well in his first start since May 27. He came off the disabled and went five innings and gave up five hits and two runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Halladay worked some deep counts and threw 80 pitches."

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose, 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

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Phillies-Dodgers observations: Phils lose, 5-4, fail to sweep MLB-best Dodgers

BOX SCORE

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored twice in the seventh inning to take the lead for good, en route to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles, which salvaged the last game of the four-game series and snapped a four-game losing streak, sliced its magic number to clinch its fifth straight NL West championship to one.

The Phillies finished a 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark, and lost for just the fourth time in 12 games.

With the Dodgers down 4-3, veteran outfielder Andre Ethier led off the eighth with a pinch-hit homer off Phils reliever Ricardo Pinto (1-2). Chris Taylor followed with a triple, and one out later Cody Bellinger drove him in with a grounder to Rhys Hoskins at first base.

Warren Buehler (1-0), the fourth of seven Dodgers pitchers, earned the victory with an inning of scoreless relief. Kenley Jansen worked 1 1/3 innings to earn his 39th save.

Here are some observations:

• Hoskins gave the Phillies a 4-2 lead when he smoked a 2-0 offering from Los Angeles reliever Josh Fields, a 98 mph fastball, up the gap in left-center for a two-run double in the fifth. 

• Nick Williams hit a first-pitch changeup from Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda for an opposite-field two-run homer in the third, erasing a 2-0 deficit. It was Williams’ 11th homer in 74 games with the Phillies this season.

• J.P. Crawford, a natural shortstop, made no fewer than four outstanding plays at third base, the first two on groundballs off the bat of Logan Forsythe, and the last two on bouncers by Austin Barnes. In the second, Crawford dove to his left to snag Forsythe’s smash and threw to second for the force, and in the fourth he short-hopped a slowly hit bouncer and fired to first. In the fifth, Crawford ranged to his left to flag down Barnes’ grounder, and with Taylor at third and the infield up in the seventh again, Crawford snagged a ball off Barnes’ bat. The runner, Chris Taylor, wound up scoring anyway, on Bellinger’s infield out.

 • Mark Leiter Jr. was left with a no-decision after going six innings and allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits, while striking out three and walking one. The first two batters he faced in the top of the first reached, but only one of them scored, on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly. Leiter surrendered an unearned run in the third, and Curtis Granderson’s solo homer in the sixth.

• Victor Arano had quite the adventure in his inning on the mound. He entered in the eighth inning, after Hoby Milner walked pinch-hitter Kiki Hernandez, and proceeded to strike out the next two hitters. Then he walked two, to loaded the bases, before retiring Taylor on a groundout to end the inning. Arano threw 21 pitches, 10 for strikes. 

• Maeda departed after three innings, having allowed two runs on three hits.

• The Phillies saw their 100-inning errorless string end five pitches into the game, when left fielder Aaron Altherr misplayed a single by Taylor, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter.  

• Los Angeles 3B Justin Turner was hit on the right hand by a Leiter pitch in the first inning. He later left the game, and while X-rays were negative, he was diagnosed with a bruised thumb.

• The Phillies’ final road trip of the season consists of three games, beginning Friday in Atlanta. RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.94) opposes LHP Sean Newcomb (3-8, 4.32).