Cliff Lee Walks Career High, Cy Westbrook Shuts Down Phils Offense

Cliff Lee Walks Career High, Cy Westbrook Shuts Down Phils Offense

The slump isn't quite over… The Phils lost their third straight on Monday night—the first time they've lost three in a row so far this season. Cliff Lee looked human although not altogether terrible, giving up a career-high six walks on the way to a 3-1 Phils loss to the Cardinals. He pitched just 6.1 innings, giving up three runs against four Ks. So far on the season, Lee's at a 3.84 ERA.  

And yet, the walks are the easy storyline because they're the only difference in the daily routine lately. The Phillies offense was again nearly impossible to find.

Jimmy Rollins had the only multi-hit night for the Phils, although Ryan Howard drew three home-cooked walks (incidentally, the only walks given up by Cardinals pitching on the night). Jake Westbrook limited them to four hits and a lone earned run, easily one of his better starts of the season. If you want the comfy line, rest on a tight strike zone called by Gerry Davis and the fact that the Phillies fielded a starting group that included Wilson Valdez, John Mayberry Jr, Ben Francisco, and Pete Orr.

The highlight of the night for me was Michael Stutes coming into a pressure-cooker situation in the bottom of the seventh. Nick Punto had singled himself on, then got sac'd over by Kyle Lohse. A bit of fun at the expense of a pair of pre-WFCs. After a Ryan Theriot walk, Jon Jay singled in Punto and moved The Riot up to second. Due up—with one out—was Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday was in the on-deck circle.

Clifton Phifer's night was done, and Stutes came in. Immediately, I was more interested than I'd been at any point in the game. Would this be an unraveling point or a proving ground?

Stutes got the best hitter in baseball to to ground into a double play, safely stranding a pair of runners with Holliday on his way back to get his glove and hat.

Unfortunately, this wasn't a winning relief appearance. The Phils failed to scratch out more than a hit against  Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas, earning every bit of their 3-1 loss. The Cards hadn't given up less than six runs in their previous three outings.

Not a great night for watching baseball. Not a bad night for being like, HEY… I didn't get my full weekend's worth of drinking in, I'ma hit the big beers and a scotch on a Monday. Fortunately there are a few games left in the season.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports 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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Villanova picked to win Big East in preseason coaches' poll

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Villanova picked to win Big East in preseason coaches' poll

For the fourth year in a row, Villanova was picked to win the Big East in the league's preseason coaches' poll.

The Wildcats received eight of the 10 possible first-place votes in the poll, which was released on Wednesday and doesn't allow coaches to vote for their own teams. Seton Hall and Xavier received the other two first-place votes.

Villanova finished the 2016-2017 season with a 15-3 record in the Big East, good for first place in the conference, and capped it off with the Big East tournament crown.

The Wildcats finished last season with a 32-4 record overall and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The team returns two starters from last season, including forward Mikal Bridges, who was picked for the All-Big East second team, and point guard Jalen Brunson, who was selected as the 2017-2018 Big East Preseason Player of the Year. Brunson's averages of 14.7 points and 4.1 assists led him to an All-Big East first team selection in 2016-2017.

Sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game on his way to making the Big East all-freshman team, is another returning player that will play a big factor for 'Nova. The Wildcats also add freshman forward Omari Spellman to the mix after he redshirted last season. Spellman was picked in the coaches' poll as the preseason Freshman of the Year.

Jay Wright's squad tips off the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 against Columbia.