So many sporting events during the last day, and so little time to blog about them. I’ve decided one post to cover the most interesting non-World Cup sporting events of the last day was the way to go.
Baseball – Good night for one of my teams, not so good for the other. The Phillies were able to pull off a late game rally to defeat the Indians 7-6. Maybe Jimmy Rollins‘ absence meant more the Phillies than I thought. His walk-off homer secured the victory. Coupled with a sterling pitching performance from Jamie Moyer on Tuesday the Phillies are on a modest 2 game win streak. Maybe the Phillies need to play the AL Central more often. Hopefully, the Phillies can use this to propel themselves into a good stretch before the All-Star break. If the Phillies can play well going into the Break, I think they have an excellent shot of catching Atlanta and winning the division. In the past several years, the Phillies have been excellent after the All-Star Break, posting a .599 winning percentage over the last 5 seasons. If the Phillies can go into the Break within striking distance, I believe they will heat up after the break and catch the Braves.
On the other side of a walk-off were my 2nd team, the Red Sox. They were facing Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been historically good this season, so who could have blamed them for losing. The funny thing is that the Sox actually got to Jimenez, chasing him after 5 2/3 innings in which they scored 6 runs. To put this in perspective, Jimenez had only given up 13 runs total in his previous 14 games! In the month of May, Jimenez pitched 6 times and gave up 4 runs in the whole month! The 5 2/3 inning outing was also the shortest of the season for Jimenez. John Lackey put in a valiant effort on the mound and at the plate (he had 2 hits) and deserved better. The Sox rallied from an early 4 run deficit to take a 6-5 lead into the 9th. Jonathan Papelbon came on, so the game should have been over. Instead, Papelbon gave up two home runs and the Rockies walked off with the victory.
Tennis – The longest tennis match in the history of the sport is finally over. I couldn’t go without mentioning that John Isner finally won his match against Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon. The match started on Tuesday. Tuesday night the match was suspended and play was resumed on Wednesday. The players played for the entire day Wednesday only to have the match again suspended due to darkness. Isner was finally able to break Mahut’s serve in the 138th game of the 5th set. The match is truly an epic, taking more than 11 hours over 3 days to complete. The match was so compelling that it even got me to stop watching soccer yesterday afternoon. The Ghana-Germany and Serbia-Australia matches took a backseat to history in the making. Like Isner said “This will never ever happen again”. Both men deserved better than for the loser to be knocked out of Wimbledon. Bravo to both men.
NBA – The lead up to the NBA draft continues with the top of the draft coming more into focus. John Wall is a lock to go at #1 to the Wizards. It appears the Sixers are going to take my advice and draft Evan Turner. The Nets are now leaning toward Derrick Favors. After that things get fuzzy, as there could be a lot of movement due to trades. It should be an interesting night.