Thursday, July 21
Hellickson, Goeddel lead Phillies to 4-1 win over Marlins
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight in eight impressive innings, Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Wednesday night.
Hellickson (7-7) allowed one run and five hits, improving his value as the August 1st trade deadline approaches.
Miami's Wei-Yin Chen (5-4) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Hellickson didn't need much support. He shut down the Marlins for his first win since July 1st.
Hellickson, who started on opening day, is likely to be traded to a contending team by August 1st. He signed a $7 million, one-year deal with the Phillies in the offseason.
Lucroy drives in 3, Brewers race by Pirates 9-5
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs, including a two-run single in the sixth inning that broke things open for good as the Milwaukee Brewers rolled by the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 Wednesday night.
Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun had two hits each for Milwaukee and Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett drove in two runs apiece while the Brewers jumped on starter Jeff Locke early and kept adding on.
Carlos Torres (2-1) won in relief of Chase Anderson, who struggled once again but was bailed out by an offense that took it to Locke (8-6), who gave up five runs in three-plus innings.
Jordy Mercer went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Pirates. David Freese doubled twice and Starling Marte added a pair of hits but Pittsburgh couldn't catch up following another shaky outing by Locke. The left-hander's ERA this month ballooned to 8.16 in four appearances after he was pulled with the bases loaded and no outs in the fourth.
New England tops Philadelphia 4-2 in penalty kicks
BOSTON (AP) — Je-Vaughn Watson scored the winner as the New England Revolution beat the Union 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and extra time.
The U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal game was played at Harvard University's Jordan Field Wednesday night.
Andre Blake's seven saves weren't enough for the Union to advance to their fourth United States Open Cup semifinal in five years.
The Revolution will play the Chicago Fire in the semifinals on August 9th or 10th.
Gordon comes out of retirement to replace Earnhardt at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss two more races as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms and retired NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will replace him at Indianapolis and Pocono.
The announcement came Wednesday from Hendrick Motorsports, which said Earnhardt has not been cleared by doctors to drive. He missed last weekend's race in New Hampshire and was replaced by Alex Bowman.
Team owner Rick Hendrick says the team is looking forward to having NASCAR's most popular driver back racing "soon."
Gordon is the only five-time winner of the Brickyard 400 and race organizers billed the 2015 race as his "last ride" in Indy. Since retiring at the end of last season, he served primarily as a commentator for Fox Sports.