Last night the Phillies sent Cliff Lee to the mound in a must win game against Cy Young contender, R.A. Dickey. Lee was masterful as he struck out 10 Mets over eight innings and the Phillies offense actually got some runs for the lefthander. Chase Utley drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Jimmy Rollins and Dom Brown each added solo homeruns to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead and Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth inning to get his 35th save. The win brings the Phillies back to .500 at 74-74 and 3.5 games back of the Cardinals who open a three game series with the Astros tonight. More here.
The only other team between the Cardinals and Phillies that was in action last night was the Pittsburgh Pirates, who began the night three games back of the Cardinals. The Pirates and Cubs waited out a 3 ½ hour rain delay to get the game started. The third inning provided all of the scoring as Starling Marte tripled home two runs and Jose Tabata doubled home Marte to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. That is all they would need as they blanked the Cubs 3-0 and moved to 2.5 games back of the Cardinals. More here.
For the second straight week, Peyton Manning and the Broncos were on national television, only this time, they were on Monday Night Football as they took on the Falcons. Peyton Manning was very un-Peyton Manning-like last night. His first pass was almost intercepted and his third pass was intercepted. All total, Manning threw three interceptions on his first eight pass attempts. He was fighting a 27-7 deficit in the fourth quarter as Matt Ryan lead the Falcons to scores in each of the first three quarters. The Broncos cut the lead to 27-21 but that was as close as they would get as the Falcons improved to 2-0 and dropped the Broncos to 1-1. More here.
The news surrounding the NHL lockout does not sound promising and it is getting increasingly worse the more people speak about it. Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin spoke yesterday of the bleak outlook of the lockout saying it will take the full year if the owners do not weaken their stance on certain unnamed topics. Hockey fans wait, begrudgingly, for a settlement between the owners and players. This is the third work stoppage since commissioner Gary Bettman took over as commissioner in 1993. More here.