Sunday, August 15, 2010

Phillies and Mets take Sunday Night Baseball stage tonight

                    Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball -  pic. ESPN            

The great news is that the Phillies finally snapped their scoreless streak at Citi Field. The Phils, being powered by Roy Halladay on the mound, beat the Mets soundly last night by a score of 4-0. David Wright's error at third base helped the Phillies cause when it was 2-0 by allowing 2 more runs to score, making it a 4-0 game in the top of the 6th inning. View the play that gave the Phils the extra 2 runs here.

Halladay notched his 15th win on the season last night, his season record is now 15 -8, he brings his career record to 163-84. Halladay hasn't gotten to 15 wins to easily so far. The Phillies have scored 0-2 runs for him in 8 of his 25 starts as a Phillie. Two of Halladay's losses were complete games for him.

The Phillies go into tonight's Sunday Night Baseball match up with the New York Mets only 2 GB from the Atlanta Braves. The Braves lost last night to the LA Dodgers 2-1.

 ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball penciled in both the Phillies and the Yankees to be on three times each prior to the start of the season and going up through May and then the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule flucuates in June and July. In June and July, ESPN gives teams a 3 week advance notice that they would like to televise a game of theirs on Sunday Night. In August, that time frame is moved to a 2 week notice.

  The first time the Phillies were on Sunday Night Baseball this season was on May 2nd. They played the New York Mets in Philadelphia. The Phillies won that game 11-5. It would only be two weeks till the next appearance this year for the Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball in Milwaukee when they beat the Brewers 6-2 on May 16th. Cole Hamels went 6 2/3 innings only giving up 2 R to earn the victory. Next up on the Sunday Night schedule for the Phillies was on July 18th, the Phillies lost this one in the Windy City to the Chicago Cubs 11-6. It was Roy Halladay pitching for the Phils against the Cubs and he gave up 5 ER, and 2 HR, with only 3 SO on the night.

  Tonight it will be the New York Mets again taking on the Phillies on Sunday Night. We should see the Phillies more as the season comes to a close on Sunday Night Baseball, especially as the race starts to heat up for the Division crown, and the Wild Card spot.

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