Halladay Pulled Mid Seventh, Earns 15th Win After Pen Stumbles But Holds On

Halladay Pulled Mid Seventh, Earns 15th Win After Pen Stumbles But Holds On

You'd think an early 3-0 lead with Roy Halladay throwing would make for a relatively painless game, but Monday night's 5-3 victory had its share of tense moments.

The Dodgers had two men on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, trailing the Phillies 4-1. Roy Halladay didn't have his best stuff all evening, but when Charlie Manuel walked to the mound following the walk to Casey Blake, Doc didn't want to come out.

It didn't matter what Halladay wanted on this occasion, as Charlie had already made up his mind and signaled to the pen for Antonio Bastardo to face Andre Ethier.

When they came back from the warm-up commercial break, Halladay was seen sitting on the bench, visibly upset, mouthing swear words to nobody in particular.

Bastardo missed on his first three straight pitches -- all close, but not on the plate. Ethier had a green light and was swinging at what could have very well been ball four. On the next pitch, he grounded to Jimmy Rollins who flipped it to Chase Utley over on to Ryan Howard to end the inning.

As Wheels said during the telecast, for all Roy Halladay does for this team, every once in a while you've got to pick him up. And they tried to do just that, but certainly didn't make it easy. Bastardo's double play ball was huge.

Stutes came in to pitch the eighth and didn't look sharp from the get go. He allowed a pair of singles, a run scored, had a throwing error, and recorded one out before Charlie yanked him in favor of Brad Lidge. The former closer had to make things interesting for old time's sake. Lidge walked Rod Barajas to put men on first and second with one out.

Pinch hitter Juan Rivera singled to left to score Aaron Miles and advance the tying run of Velez to second. That's when things got weird with Dee Gordon coming up to bat with the Phils still holding on to a slim 4-3 lead.

The Dodgers' speedster hit a slow chopper towards Chase Utley, who appeared poised to handle the ball cleanly when he was absolutely bulled over by Rivera on his way to second. With Utley never getting a chance to handle the ball cleanly, the play is ruled dead and Rivera is out. Velez was forced to go back to second. Lidge then made a fantastic fielding play complete with glove flip to Ryan Howard on a bunt attempt along the first base line by Tony Gwynn Jr to end the wild inning.

Phew.

Shane Victorino golfed a homer, reminiscent of his beautiful jack in the 2008 NLCS, in the top of the ninth to push the Phillies cushion to 5-3 before Ryan Madson took over for the save attempt.

Madson gave up a single to Casey Blake to start, before getting Ethier to pop up to Martinez in foul territory followed by getting Kemp on strikes for two outs. Mad Dog's change up was working something nasty.

On the final pitch of the night, Aaron Miles bounced a ball in front of the plate which Chooch handled cleanly and threw down to Ryan Howard to secure the win for Roy Halladay, his 15th of the season, and send us Phillies fans to sleep happy.

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How They Scored: Big Piece hit an RBI infield single in the first. J-Roll ripped a two-run double in the second. Howard delivered again in the 7th with an RBI double. And Victorino jacked his 12th homer in the ninth.

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Read Jim Salisbury's full game story here.

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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Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Connor McDavid comes to town; Matt Read to play?

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Flyers notes, quotes and tidbits: Connor McDavid comes to town; Matt Read to play?

VOORHEES, N.J. — Believe it or not, the Flyers are aware of 20-year-old Oilers phenom Connor McDavid. That doesn't make preparing for the 2017 Art Ross Trophy (most points in NHL) winner any easier, let alone slow him down.

“You have to be understated a little bit and say you're going to be aware when he's on the ice, but obviously there's more to it," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Friday. "He's a heck of a player and a guy that can make something happen at any time.”

McDavid has picked up right where he left off last season when he led the NHL with 100 points and 70 assists. Six games into the '17-18 campaign, the third-year centerman already has three goals and five assists, and he's doing it in style. His two helpers helped lift Edmonton over the Blackhawks on Thursday, one of which led to the game-winner in overtime, the other — a no-look, behind-the-back pass — making highlight reels everywhere.

So, yeah, the Flyers are well aware of McDavid and what he's capable of. That doesn't mean he'll be easy to stop.

"We just have to take time and space away from him," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere said. "That's the biggest thing. You just can't give him space out there. He's going to wind it up and wheel.

“We're aware of it. We're going to stick to our gameplan, nothing special, but obviously be aware when he's on the ice.”

The Flyers knew all about McDavid last season, too. He still managed to find the back of the net twice and rack up three assists in those two meetings.

McDavid has also experienced success against both of the Flyers netminders. As a member of the Flames, probable starter Brian Elliott posted an 0-3-1 record with a .870 save percentage in four appearances against the Oilers in '16-17. Michal Neuvirth was 0-1 and allowed six goals in his only meeting.

It seems all the Flyers can do is be aware of the challenges McDavid presents.

"Probably everywhere they go, they have reporters asking the other team what their plan is against him," Elliott said.

“He's just a unique talent that you have to be aware of at all times. He's able to make plays that a lot of other guys aren't. You just have to be on your toes. You have to respect him, but you have to play your game and make sure you're tough no matter who it is out there.”

Laughton confident
Brandon Manning isn't the only member of the Flyers who has experience with McDavid.  Scott Laughton has been up close and personal with the budding superstar, having played against him in juniors and in some camps.

With Laughton centering the fourth line, he should have some opportunities to put his familiarity of McDavid to the test. The Flyers are going to need any advantage they can get — no matter how small or insignificant it might seem.

"I went to a pro camp with McDavid in Toronto in the summer, and he's special," Laughton said. "He's got the best hands I've seen. He's a world-class talent.

“At the same time, tomorrow I'm going to try to limit his space, get in his face and make it hard for him to get going and get speed. I think I can try to keep up with him once I get my speed going.”

Laughton seemed confident about potentially matching up against McDavid. At least he has a plan, anyway.

“There's not much you can do," Laughton said. You just have to be hard to play against, be in his face all night and kind of get him off his game that way.”

Injury report
Flyers forwards Wayne Simmonds and Taylor Leier both missed Friday's skate with what the club termed as maintenance days.

Simmonds was already dealing with a lower-body injury before he was clipped in the face by a stick during Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Predators. It doesn't sound like anything that should prevent the 10-year veteran from suiting up against the Oilers, but clearly, he's banged up right now.

Leier's absence was a bit more of a mystery, and given the 23-year-old rookie's inexperience, missing practice would seem to point to an injury of some kind.

In a bit of good news on the injury front, Jordan Weal returned to practice for the Flyers. However, he refused to let on as to whether he'll be on the ice Saturday.

“Just got out there, went for a twirl," Weal said. "It's day to day right now, so just taking it day by day.”

Matt Read replaced Simmonds during the skate and could be preparing to make his regular-season debut. Read joined Weal and Valtteri Filppula on Simmonds' unit, while Jori Lehtera took Leier's place on the fourth line.

Don't read too much into those combinations, however, as the availability of Simmonds, Weal and Leier will no doubt play a role.

Sanheim sticks in the lineup
Following his strong showing against Nashville on Thursday, it appears rookie defenseman Travis Sanheim will suit up for his second game in a row.

Sanheim was a healthy scratch for the Flyers' previous two contests but drew rave reviews for his performance against the Predators. He was paired with Radko Gudas at practice, while Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg continued their partnership.

Manning may be the odd man out on Saturday, despite his history with McDavid. Ivan Provorov and Andrew MacDonald remained a unit at practice, with Manning getting some work in MacDonald's spot.

Manning was hopeful he would be in uniform. Hakstol, on the other hand, downplayed Manning's personal rivalry with McDavid as it pertains to any decision about which defensemen will skate.

“It's a situation for us every game where we have that tough decision," Hakstol said. "Regardless of whether it's one particular team, we'll look at it situationally and consider all of those factors as to who the six are that dress tomorrow. There's a lot of different factors involved."