Nightly Roundup: June 28th, 2017

Welcome back to the Nightly Roundup! Where I recap the day that was in sports with my thoughts on the day.

PHILS SWEEP MARINERS! ON THE ROAD!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!

Going into the ninth inning on the road down a run usually spells disaster for the 2017 Phillies, but not today. First, Tommy Joseph smacks a BOMB to tie it up at 4. The Phils then grinded out a two-out go-ahead run off the bat of Andrew Knapp as he plated Cameron Perkins. Mark Leiter pitched well this afternoon and actually went toe-to-toe with King Felix. He had a couple misplaced pitches which were BLASTED by the Seattle offense. The fact that the Phillies are starting to win these games again is certainly a good sign that the darkest days are behind us. The fact that this happens on the road is an even brighter sign. The Phils have tomorrow off as they fly back East to Flushing for a weekend series with the Mets.

Howie Kendrick is likely to head to the DL meaning we could be seeing a prospect come up. Stay tuned for that news as the Phils have a very meaningful decision to make here.

Other Baseball Stories:

  • Giants sweep Rockies 5-3: Both teams entered the series on five-game losing streaks. Colorado exits with an eight-game losing streak. They are in a nose dive and the only guy playing well is Nolan Arenado.

  • Kris Bryant hurt as Cubs fall to Nats 8-4: Bryant is officially listed as “Day-to-Day” but the Cubbies struggled against Stephen Strasburg’s 12 strikeouts over seven innings. Trea Turner snagged his 33rd base of the year as well for WSH.
  • Marcus Stroman dominates in Jays 4-0 shutout of O’s: 7.2 innings and 8 strikeouts for the Toronto ace as Joey Bats and Justin Smoak both hit dingers to help the cause.
  • Trevor Bauer outduels Yu Darvish, Tribe down Rangers 5-3
  • Twins buck Porcello, edge out Red Sox 4-1: Rick Porcello isn’t defending his Cy Young title well this year. He fell to 4-10 on the year and his ERA is now above 5. Inconsistency has plagued him this year but if he can right the ship, he can help guide the Sox to the playoffs.

A Pair of Headlines in the NBA

Starting with the news of the morning: Phil Jackson and Knicks have agreed to part ways. You probably knew that already so I’ll keep this brief: Phil hadn’t really proven himself at all throughout his time in New York. Every move he made was met with immense criticism by both pundits and fan, including drafting Porzingas–the only right move in his tenure. Definitely was the time for him to go, would love to see him as an Asst GM or a behind the scenes advisor for some team.

Chris Paul is heading to Houston. Apparently, your Coach/GM coaching his son and giving him some form of preferential treatment (nepotism, if you will) pisses off your superstar of the same position. Who knew? The Clips get a draft pick, Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverly, and Lou Williams from Houston. If there was ever a time to talk yourself into something until you 1000000% believe it, now is the time Clipper fans because those four quarters do not equal the dollar that is Chris Paul here.

Not really a headline in the NBA but Steph Curry is going to tee it up at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in August. If you’re one who thinks it’s unfair that Steph gets in because the sponsor gave him an exemption, that’s a terrible take. Numerous others have made this point, but it’s a genius move to get one of the most recognizable athletes in the world at your event. Whether it’s golf, tennis, or curling for that matter. People love crossover athletes. Steph is a 2 handicap (most pros are much better) so he likely will get his ass kicked, but I’ll keep an eye out on it.

Speaking of Golf…

Quicken Loans National is this weekend. No longer being played at Congressional, the tournament isn’t quite as loaded as it has been in the past but will be exciting nonetheless. Look out for Patrick Reed, Brendan Steele, and Justin Thomas this weekend.

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