Last night was a lot of fun watching sports. The top players came out in Tampa Bay hockey and Phillies baseball. Watching Stanley Cup Game 3 hockey on TV and the Phillies attempt at staying in contention for the MLB post season baseball on my laptop, we saw what it took to win with the season in the balance.
For the Phillies last night, it was its star Bryce Harper playing hurt and hitting two home runs. Plus, newly crowned ace pitcher Zach Eflin dominating for eight innings by fanning nine Washington Nationals in the 12-3 must win.
Eflin is quickly becoming a Phillies ace and a fan favorite. In his last two starts he is pitching like it’s “win or go home”. And it was. Because of Zach, the Phillies still have a “punchers chance” to get into the MLB post season tournament.
Above is a picture of Betsy with her friend, Zach. She took this a few years ago when he was here in Clearwater on a rehab assignment. After congratulating him on a good game, she mentioned they had never taken a picture together, so he said, “Let’s do it!”
Zach has won his last two starts allowing only three runs in 15 innings while striking out 18. He has even volunteered to pitch out of the pen if needed over the upcoming final weekend of the regular season if the post season is still on the line. On any baseball field, we want Zach Eflin out there on the mound when it really matters.
All the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top players did last night was lead by example. They won the 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals to go up two games to one.
Tampa’s team captain, Steven Stamkos, played for the first time in seven months coming off an injury. He scored a goal though he lasted only five shifts.
All world defenseman, Victor Hedman, scored a goal and made one defensive play after another to keep Dallas off the scoreboard. The three forwards on the Lightning’s No. 1 line each scored a goal.
The Phillies need to sweep the final three game series of the regular season against Tampa Bay Rays this weekend to even have a chance to get into the playoff. To do it, the Phillies stars need to come up bigger than ever just like Bryce Harper did last night.
If the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top players get the job done in the Stanley Cup Finals, they can clinch the Stanley Cup on Saturday night. The Phillies stars need to get their job done this weekend to give the team a chance to qualify for next week’s start to the MLB playoffs.