In the big picture — and that's what has really mattered right from the beginning of this season — something quite positive happened for the Phillies on Wednesday night: A young, promising pitcher took a nice step forward and for the second straight start offered hope that he might just be a reliable piece of the rotation when this rebuilding club is ready to be relevant again. But in the narrow view, it was easy to look right past Nick Pivetta's six innings of three-run, 10-strikeout ball. That's how bad the losing has been. Every night offers a gaper delay on the highway to 100 losses. Did we say 100? How about 111? That's the Phillies' current pace after an ugly 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals
Dodgers 8, Mets 2: Yasmani Grandal hit two solo homers, but it was Yasiel Puig‘s three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth which padded the Dodgers’ lead to 5-1 and essentially ended the competitive portion of the ballgame. It started the cranky portion, however, as Puig admired the blast and took a slow trot which caused several Mets players to chirp at him. The Mets have dropped six of seven.
Phillies closers can't seem to do much right these days, but at least one former closer is winning. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a Camden County judge ruled Tuesday that former Phillie Mitch Williams would be awarded $1.5 million from a lawsuit he filed against MLB Network after they fired him in 2014. The man known to baseball fans as 'Wild Thing' was let go after Deadspin reported rumblings of Williams cursing and shouting lewd names at two of his son's little 'eague games three years ago. After the ruling came down Tuesday, Wild Thing took to Twitter, proclaiming his #justice. His lawyer, Laura Carlin Mattiacci, also issued the following statement: “This verdict completely vindicates