So, Cole's Fine. Phils Finish Off Braves

So, Cole's Fine. Phils Finish Off Braves

It didn't take Cole Hamels long to recover from a rough 2011 debut and a
smattering of boos that became the talk of the town for a day (btw,
read this
on Hamels booing Adam Eaton, pretty funny). Cole came out on Sunday
like a man without a damn thing on his mind, and he sawed through the
Atlanta Braves lineup for seven shutout innings. He struck out eight,
walked one, and allowed four hits.
While Hamels wasn't given an abundance of run support (stop me if you've
heard this one before), Shane Victorino led the way as he had all
series, and Cole left the mound with a 2-0 lead. The Phils would add a
third run on a Ryan Howard sacrifice and go on to win the game by a 3-0
count and with it, the first series against the Braves. Rollins'
crossing the plate marked the first run given up by Braves closer Craig
Kimbrel, who actually hadn't even given up a hit or a walk before
Sunday, when he gave up each. [side note: I can't hear Kimbrel's name
without thinking, George Costanza could spell that!]

Victorino hit a sixth inning homer and went 3-4 out of the leadoff
spot, capping a brilliant series in which he was 9-13 with five runs
scored. Each of his three hits came leading off the inning, two of which
resulted in runs scored. A day after coming in to knock a pinch hit
home run, followed by a double, Carlos Ruiz stayed hot with a pair of
hits on Sunday. Derek Lowe kept the Phillies from doing much damage, but
he wasn't quite as good as Hamels on the day.

Hamels had a nasty set of pitches working, particularly his
knee-buckling change-up. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras picked up the
eighth and ninth, preserving the shutout while allowing just one hit
between them (Madson). Contreras' buckling Dan Uggla for the 2B's second
K of the game was a nice way to finish off the series. Take that, start of the work week. 

The Phils have Monday off before heading to Washington, where Joe
Blanton will open the series against Livan Hernandez and the Nationals.
Oh and Jayson Werth. You may hear that name a few times this week.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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


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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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Jake Arrieta pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning to held the defending World Series champion Cubs close their deficit to 3-1. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in this series in the eighth, and a packed Wrigley Field crowd watched Davis get Cody Bellinger to ground into a game-ending double play.

Maddon was heavily criticized for not using Davis during a 4-1 loss in Game 2. This time, the Cubs closer threw 48 pitches to finish the job.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs. Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for the Dodgers, who had won a team-record six straight playoff games.

Game 5 is Thursday, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (see full recap).

Tanaka, Yankees blank Astros to take ALCS lead
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans (see full recap).