What happened today in Philly sports: July 29, 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

  • Training Camp day six notes and quotes
    • Players wore shoulder and leg pads for the first time this training camp, which is just another sign that football is approaching.
    • The Eagles offense looked really good in both 7-on-7s and 11-0n-11s, which is a great thing to see.
      • Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, via CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro, “Today was a very good day for the whole offense. We had a few snafus here and there, but it was a good day. I thought in the pass game in particular we executed really well. It’s only one practice so I’m not getting too excited, but that’s probably as well as we’ve executed in the past year since I’ve been here.”
    • Quarterback Carson Wentz notes
      • Today, he was able to use his snap count very effectively
      • One of the best plays of the day, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro, was when Wentz avoided pressure from defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao, rolled to his right and found an open Jordan Matthews crossing the field.
    • Training camp day six was a day of firsts, with it also being the first day that the team practiced 1-on-1 drills with offensive linemen vs defensive linemen.
      • Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, who was acquired by the Eagles to help bolster their pass rush, showed why he was acquired when he beat Isaac Seumalo for a would-be sack.
      • Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett, however, struggled in the 1-on-1s, as he got stood up on back to back plays.
    • Wide receiver Marcus Johnson continues to look good in training camp. He ran some plays with the starters today as he continues to make plays each and every day of training camp. This should become interesting throughout the next couple of weeks to see if he can earn himself a spot on the team.
    • Injuries
      • Backup quarterback Nick Foles will miss a couple of practices with some elbow soreness.
      • Cornerback Randall Goforth (knee) and defensive end Alex McCalister (hamstring) both missed practice today.
      • Defensive tackle Elijah Qualls seemed to have suffered an injury, left practice early and was seen after practice in the NovaCare complex walking around with a limp.
      • Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery banged up his shoulder early in practice, but was able to come back later in the practice.
  • Offensive lineman Chance Warmack is still fighting it out with Isaac Seumalo for the starting left guard spot. Seumalo was named the starter earlier in the week by offensive coordinator Frank Reich.
    • Warmack had this to say, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro, regarding having a chance to start: Oh yeah, that’s why I came here. But at the same time, it’s a process and you have to start at the beginning and work your way up just like everybody else. They ultimately make that decision. You just want to be one of the best five. That’s all I’m trying to do.
    • The coaching staff has been impressed by Warmack’s abilities, and it will only be a matter of time before we see if he can beat out Seumalo for the starting spot at left guard.
      • “Chance has really strong hands,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro. “Really strong, explosive, physical. He plays with good leverage. He’s getting more and more accustomed to the offense, the calls, the system. Obviously, his background with Coach Stoutland helps. So excited about his progress.”
  • Undrafted running back Corey Clement has lost some weight going into training camp. Clement is listed at 5’10 and 220 pounds, but offensive coordinator Frank Reich thinks that Clement has lost some weight and gained some speed.
    • “He’s lost some weight from when he was here,” Reich said, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro. “I think that’s done him well. I think he looks elusive. I think he even looks more elusive since he’s come back and lost a little bit of weight. He’s smart and he knows what he’s doing. I think he runs hard. He’s into it. He just seems like he’s a football player. I think he has that aggressive mind-set that you need for running back.”

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Phillies notes regarding roster moves and rotation spots
    • To fill Jeremy Hellickson’s roster spot, the Phillies have called up relief pitcher Pedro Beato from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Beato, in 44 games (46 1/3 innings), went 0-3 with a 2.72 ERA while leading the International League in saves with 27.
    • Manager Pete Mackanin said that starting pitcher Jake Thompson will fill Hellickson’s spot in the rotation for the time being. Thompson filled in well on Friday, pitching five scoreless innings.
      • “He pitched so well, he earned the chance to go back out there,” Mackanin said, according to CSNPhilly.com’s Gordie Jones. “I don’t know what we have in store for the future, but we’re going to continue doing this (with Thompson). And if Thompson pitches well again, then that might settle that for a while. But it’s nice to have an opportunity to see a lot of different guys.”
  • The Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves in 11 innings by the final score of 4-3, moving the Phillies to 37-64 on the year.
    • Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (2-7, 4.56 ERA) tossed another quality game. He made it through only five innings, but gave up three runs (only one earned run) while striking out three and walking three.
    • The Phillies were headlined at the plate by Odubel Herrera’s two RBIs, including a solo home run in the ninth inning to tie the game, and Aaron Altherr’s continued success (he drove in his 47th RBI of the season). Utilityman Ty Kelly drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning on a single to get the Phillies win number 37.
    • The bullpen pitched six perfect innings without giving up a run. Hector Neris (3-4, 3.06 ERA) received the win while pitching two innings and striking out three.

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