Today in Philly Sports History: 13-Game Win Streak Ended by Pirates, 1991

Today in Philly Sports History: 13-Game Win Streak Ended by Pirates, 1991

It's one of those The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same deals. What do the Phillies do these days when they're looking to bust out of a slump? Beat up on the Nationals. What did the Phillies do in 1991 when they were looking to bust out of a slump? Beat up on the Nationals--then better known to non-time-traveling audiences as the Montreal Expos. Over a 13-game stretch in 1991, the Phils faced the Padres twice, the Cubs three times, and Les Expos a total of eight times, winning all 13 games. A 40-58 team when the streak started, the Phils moved from 21 1/2 to 12 1/2 games back by its end--not exactly making them contenders, but at least keeping them from being a total afterthought. On August 13th, 1991, though, whatever good vibes and good times the streak had started were finally put to an end.

Remarkably, as recent as 18 years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still a force to be reckoned with, and they were absolutely rolling as the Phils came to town that day in '91. Getting a quality start from reigning Cy Young champ (and current proud Phillies papa) Doug Drabek, the Pirates took the game 4-3 on RBIs from Andy Van Slyke and Jose Lind, padding their first place, 66-45 record. Unfortunately, the Pirates proved too formidable in general for the Phils in those days, as the loss marked, ironically enough, their thirteenth loss in a row to the Buccos. 

Thus ended, the streak still tied the thirteen-gamer pulled off by the classic 101-win '77 team for the longest stretch of winning in modern franchise history (though they went for sixteen in a row a couple times in the 19th century, supposedly). Meanwhile, the Phils finished off the season a mediocre 78-84, while the Pirates won the division, eventually losing a seven-game NLCS to the pennant-winning Braves.

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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

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Jordan Hicks leaves game vs. Redskins with ankle injury

The Eagles lost middle linebacker Jordan Hicks on the second play of Monday night's game against the Redskins. 

Hicks suffered an ankle injury and was almost carried off the field without being able to place any weight on his right leg. After getting checked out on the sideline, he was carted into the Eagles' locker room. 

After the Eagles originally said Hicks was questionable to return, they ruled him out a little while later. 

Hicks was in some clear pain coming off the field. As he waited for the cart, he was consoled by injured safety Chris Maragos, who was lost for the season in Carolina. 

Coming into Monday's game, Hicks was listed as questionable with a calf injury. He said he hurt his calf after overcompensating for his injured ankle. On Saturday, when asked if he was 100 percent, Hicks said "who is?" 

Hicks played in all 16 games last season but has struggled with injuries dating back to his years in college. He played eight games as a rookie in 2015 before tearing his pec. 

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) was inactive on Monday, so the Eagles are down to Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode and Joe Walker in their base defense.