Philadelphia extends Mackanin
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have extending manager Pete Mackanin’s contract through next season with a club option for 2019.
Mackanin is 121-160 since replacing Ryne Sandberg on June 26, 2015. He was in the final year of a contract before signing a new, two-year deal on Thursday.
The move comes after the Phillies have lost 10 of 12 games to fall to 13-19.
Mackanin served as Philadelphia’s bench coach for four seasons from 2009-12 under Charlie Manuel. The team won three of its five consecutive National League East Division titles in that span. He became the third-base coach in 2014 and served in that role until Sandberg abruptly resigned.
Mackanin is 174-213 in his managerial career, including stints as an interim manager with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Dodgers sweep Bucs
LOS ANGELES — Kenta Maeda pitched into the ninth inning, Cody Bellinger homered and made a tumbling catch in left field and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, late Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Maeda (3-2) got within two outs of his first career complete game. Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the ninth, though, and Maeda was pulled a batter later, going 8 1/3 innings while allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out five and left to a rousing ovation.
Late Thursday night: The Pirates lost to Arizona, 2-1, managing just one hit — a Gregory Polanco homer in the top of the seventh. A story was not available by the Mirror’s press deadline.
Tonight: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m.
Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 6.33) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (2-4, 3.89)