What happened today in Philly sports: July 31, 2017

Each day, Sports Are Philly writer Matt Gregan will compile notes and quotes about what happened that day in Philadelphia sports. If you need to catch up on what happened with any of the Philadelphia sports teams on a certain day, then this article is the thing for you. 

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Quotes from the running backs and coaching staff on the running back rotation
    • “They’re open to everything,” LeGarrette Blount said on Sunday, according to CSNPhilly’s Dave Zangaro. “They’re not going to just specifically put me in the role of short-yardage, goal line back. That’s not what they brought me here for. They have an open mind. They’re going to put me in other situations. I’m excited about every part of the game.”
    • “Well, you know, we want to get them all touches,” head coach Doug Pederson said, according to CSNPhilly’s Dave Zangaro. “We want to get them all reps during camp. Again, we’re in an evaluation process. We’ve got to see what these guys can do. We want to see LeGarrette Blount obviously in our system running our plays. We know with Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood coming off the injury from last season, so getting him back out there. Just a matter of getting them equal time.”
      • “But at the same time, seeing how this time of year how they will play out and how they will fit into our offense going into the regular season.”
    • “Yeah, it’s going to be interesting to see how the backs rotation plays out,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, according to CSNPhilly’s Dave Zangaro. ” You know, we’re excited about all those guys. I’m a big believer in Wendell. I think he runs hard. I think he’s a downhill, thrashing runner. I think he’s got good balance.”
      • ” Wendell is a very, very smart football player. I love talking to him – walking through doing blitz stuff, he knows exactly what’s going on, and I think he has some explosiveness as a runner. These guys, they just have to get their opportunity and get enough carries. I think it’s ‘to be determined’ exactly how that running back rotation works out, but those guys have been looking good so far.”
    • “I don’t ever want to take a backseat, but whatever the game plan is going to be or how we’re going to approach the season, I’m going to be all committed to whatever we’re doing and whatever we need to do to win games,” Wendell Smallwood said.
  • The Eagles signed cornerback Tay Glover-Wright to a one-year contract. Glover-Wright has spent time on the Falcons, Packers and Colts, and now will be trying to make the Eagles roster going into the season. After cornerback Randall Goforth tore his ACL, the Birds needed to fill that roster spot, and they chose to sign Glover-Wright. Cornerback is the weakest position on the team, so maybe Glover-Wright has a chance to make the roster.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • The Philadelphia Phillies defeated, and swept, the Atlanta Braves by the final score of 7-6. The Phillies are now 39-64 on the season.
    • Phillies’ starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (4-6, 5.42 ERA) received the win while pitching six innings and allowing one run while striking out six and walking one.
    • The bullpen struggled all throughout the afternoon, and in the process almost lost the Phillies the game. Only one reliever, Luis Garcia (1-1, 2.15 ERA), that came into the game didn’t allow a run. Jesen Therrien (0-0, 20.25 ERA) allowed three runs and only was able to make it through one-third of an inning. Hector Neris (4-4, 3.12 ERA) received his tenth save of the year, allowing one run and walking one in his one inning of work.
    • The Phillies’ bats got off to a good start to the game, knocking in five runs in the first four innings. Tommy Joseph knocked in two runs, one on a single in the third inning and one on a single in the fourth inning. Joseph now has 53 RBIs on the year. Odubel Herrera hit a three-run home run in the third inning, his 11th of the year. As the team’s bullpen fell apart, the bats kept on giving insurance runs. An RBI single in the sixth inning by Aaron Altherr and a solo home run in the seventh by Maikel Franco provided just enough insurance for the Phillies to sweep the Braves and get win number 39 on the year.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies made another trade, this time they traded relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for relief pitcher Seth McGarry.
    • Joaquin Benoit (1-4, 4.07 ERA) struggled a bit this season, but because of his history of success, teams were still willing to trade for him.
      • “Joaquin was a very steadying influence in our whole bullpen,” general manager Matt Klentak said, according to CSNPhilly’s Corey Seidman. “Last offseason, when we were looking to add to our bullpen, we targeted Joaquin from the very beginning, knowing this guy had a track record of consistency and that’s exactly what he delivered this year. We’re all very appreciative for what he brought to us this year. Now we turn the page and for the last two months of the year, we get to see a lot more young players play. Those young players have been really playing well for the last couple of weeks, as evidenced by the sweep here (of the Braves).”
    • Seth McGarry, the reliever the Phillies got back in the trade, was having the best year of his minor league career. In 31 games (40 1/3 innings), he went 1-0 with a 1.34 ERA while striking out 38 and walking 14.
      • “Seth McGarry was pitching in High A this year. He’s having a really good year and one of the things we’re really excited about is he has a 73 percent groundball rate,” general manager Matt Klentak said, according to CSNPhilly’s Corey Seidman. “So I think he’s a guy that will fit in very well in our system. He’s another player that does not need to be protected in the Rule 5 draft this year, which is a positive for us.”
  • General manager Matt Klentak, according to CSNPhilly’s Corey Seidman, on the return in the four trades that the team has made: We’re excited about the return in all four of these trades. I think we added some pretty good arms and a good infielder, and you guys got to see (Hyun Soo) Kim’s approach at the plate today. He’s got a pretty good, patient approach up there. But any chance we get to add depth in the pitching department into our system, we’re going to look to do that… This is part of something that successful organizations do, they continue to replenish their system and they look for opportunities to add talent and that’s what we’ve done here over the last week.

Philadelphia 76ers

  • The team revealed their new Nike uniforms for the upcoming 2017-2018 season. You can read more and see some pictures of the new uniforms right here.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • The NHL revealed their national TV schedule for the upcoming 2017-2018 season, and the Flyers are featured plenty in it (16 times to be exact). You can see the full Flyers national TV schedule right here.

Mandatory Photo Credit: CSN Philly

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