ATLANTA A few hours before Friday night's game against the Atlanta Braves, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had some words of praise for his starting pitcher, Ben Lively. "He's just very competitive," Mackanin said of the 25-year-old right-hander. The Braves' first six hitters of the game all reached base on hits (three singles, two doubles and a homer) and five of them scored.
Sixteen years ago today, Mike Piazza hit a go-ahead, two run home run in the eighth inning off of Steve Karsay to propel the Mets to a 3-2 victory in the first professional sporting event in New York after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks... "Anyone who saw it will be happy, anyone who didn't see it will be told about it," Piazza's manager, Bobby Valentine, told reporters from his office after the game. The next morning, columnist Jack Curry published the following in the New York Times: "For a minute, an hour or maybe 24 hours, there was something different to focus on. ... Shea looked regal, dressed up in red, white and blue on the scoreboard, above the banks of lights and across the
Postseason teams are continuing to win, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and some incredible runs put on by teams just outside of the playoffs are being pushed to the side. Although most of the divisions have been wrapped up, the battle for first place in each league and the overall top seed for home-field throughout the playoffs are getting heated. Of course the Dodgers losing three straight to Philadelphia Phillies, with the potential for the sweep tonight, is a huge factor. Still at 96 wins they hold the best record in baseball but everyone is charging fast. Cleveland is now a game behind for home-field throughout the playoffs and Houston is 2.5 back. The Indians have won 26 of their last