When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?
Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …
In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder.
After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.
Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.
While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.
The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.
Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.
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Just when it looked like he was starting to separate himself for a roster spot, Bryce Treggs pulled up lame during last night’s game against the Patriots.
And now that roster spot is very much in question.
That’s a really tough break for Treggs. Just last night, a few of us in the press box were commenting about how good the speedy young receiver had looked recently. After missing the beginning of training camp with a knee injury, Treggs returned and looked fresh and as fast as ever.
Even on Thursday night, he caught two balls for 23 yards and the one where he got hurt in the third quarter, he easily separated from a defensive back.
Tregg is still just 24 and was pushing to be the Eagles’ sixth wide receiver. The top five seem pretty much locked in: Alshon Jeffery, Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. But Treggs seemed to have as good a shot as Kamar Aiken or Markus Wheaton or Greg Ward or Rashard Davis of making the team. The injury is a blow to that.
Treggs first came to the Eagles in 2016. He was claimed off waivers from the 49ers and replaced Paul Turner on the roster. He was with the Browns on their 53-man roster for part of last season but ended the year on the Eagles’ practice squad.
Early Friday afternoon, Treggs tweeted about the injury.
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The Sixers have made a historic hire in their scouting department.
The team has hired former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as a full-time scout starting next season.
"I think when you have this goal in mind, your gender shouldn't even matter," Harding told ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. "It should be about if you can do it, if you're good, you're experienced, if you know what you're doing and what you're talking about."
Harding, a Duke product and the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 WNBA draft, is just the second woman to be hired by an NBA team as a scout after a career in the WNBA. Jenny Boucek, who is now an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, was the first former WNBA player to be hired as a scout back in 2006 by the Seattle SuperSonics. Becky Hammon, one of Harding's former opponents who urged Harding to pursue this path, was hired as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Hammon has since been interviewed for the Milwaukee Bucks' GM job and been promoted to Gregg Popovich's top assistant.
Harding completed the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season after retiring in 2017. The 34-year-old guard spent nine seasons in the WNBA and represented Belarus in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
"Lindsey has quickly become one of the game's bright young minds in basketball operations," Sixers head coach and interim GM Brett Brown said to Shelbourne. "Having graduated from the NBA's Basketball Operations Associates Program last season, Lindsey is applying the same grit and basketball IQ she used as a player in her move to the front office. We look forward to the work Lindsey will do to help grow our program and further solidify a culture of winning.
"It's no secret how much I value the culture we've built in Philadelphia and how much a family-like atmosphere means to our program. Lindsey is a leader, and she is a welcomed addition to the 76ers family. I look forward to working with her."
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