Sunday Night Baseball

Season 20 Episode 10

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 07, 2009 on ESPN
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies (32-22) travel to Dodger Stadium to face the Los Angeles Dodgers (39-19) in a battle of division leaders.

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  • A close game through six between the National League's two best teams

    Now I have to start by saying I don't like the Dodgers and seeing them lose is fine by me. I've never been a Phillies fan but I am happy for the club and the city since they rarely win anything.

    As an aside, with the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup, three of the four major championships reside in Pennsylvania. Neat.

    There really wasn't anything noteworthy about the game other than it's always nice to sit down and watch a ball game. I missed Jon Miller and I hope he's not sick. I like Dan Shulman. He's a good man and a fine broadcaster. He's also Canadian and we had the pleasure of listening to him call Blue Jay gamer on TV for a few years. He worked with Buck Martinez at the time.

    It was fun to see Ryan Howard get a hold of one and bash it to the opposite field for a lead-ff home run in the top of the 8th.

    It's easy to see why these are the two best team in the National League and I would not at all be surprised to see them meet in October again.moreless
  • Another boring game.

    Man, it looks like a lot of the better games this season are going to end up being on TBS Sunday Baseball and FOX Saturday Baseball (both shows which need to be added to the database). The Philadelphia Phillies seemed to want it more from the get-go and after a huge 7th inning there was no catching up.

    I commented on how Joe Torre has made something out of nothing in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, but lately he has not been able to keep his team under control and has struggled with knowing when to pull his starting pitchers allowing the opposition to get late game rallies. The team needs to address this problem if they want to make noise in the post-season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (on his team's recent offensive woes)
      Los Angeles Manager Joe Torre: We'll be fine. We're going to score runs. With so many questions being asked about it, I think everyone is self-conscious about it and trying too hard. Hopefully, we come back Tuesday after a breather tomorrow and start swinging the bats a little better.

    • (on moving slumping shortstop Jimmy Rollins out of the leadoff spot)
      Philadelphia Manager Charlie Manuel: I just wanted to change things up, give him a breather, get him out of the 1-hole and just let him play. But he's still my leadoff man. When Jimmy's going, we go offensively. He didn't win an MVP two years ago for nothing. He has all the talent in the world.

    • Ryan Howard: October's a long way away. The Dodgers have been playing great, and obviously their record has shown that they're on their way. They're a more experienced team now and they're definitely more mature than they were last year. But you can't look too far ahead. You just focus on what's going on now. If we were to meet again in October, that would be great. But we'll have to wait.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Starting Lineups
      Philadelphia Phillies
      Shane Victorino CF
      Chase Utley 2B
      Jayson Werth RF
      Ryan Howard 1B
      Raul Ibanez LF
      Jimmy Rollins SS
      Pedro Feliz 3B
      Carlos Ruiz C
      Antonio Bastardo P
      Los Angeles Dodgers
      Juan Pierre LF
      Orlando Hudson 2B
      Andre Ethier RF
      Casey Blake 3B
      James Loney 1B
      Matt Kemp CF
      Rafael Furcal SS
      Brad Ausmus C
      Randy Wolf P