It doesn’t get much better than a good Sunday Night Baseball game that includes two division rivals. This weeks certainly was as drama ruled the day for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in a very big way. First and foremost, the day started with news of Jose Alvarado, a reliever for the Phillies, being suspended for three games for his involvement in an incident on Friday night. When the dust had settled on this particular evening, some might have wished he had not in fact appealed the suspension.
That’s because he had one of the pivotal moments of the game, conceding three runs to the Mets in the eighth inning in a dreadful 11-pitch outing. The Phillies led 4-3 when the frame began, and by the end of it, they were down 8-4 as Pete Alonso had a two-run double and Kevin Pillar (who was 3-5 on the evening) had a solo homer. The Phillies fought back in the bottom of the ninth, scratching a run across the plate to make it 8-5. That’s when Rhys Hoskins came to the plate with two runners on and appeared to hit a three-run shot to tie it. Upon review, however, the call was overturned. Still yet it was a two-run double that gave them a chance only for Bryce Harper to be struck out swinging by Jeurys Familia to end the contest. Whew, what a crazy night in one of MLB’s closest divisions.