The Phillies, hoping to snap a five-game skid, begin a day-night double-header this afternoon in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Beerleaguer’s home base of Reading, Pa. has been declared a disaster area.
The Phillies aren't the only ones in deep trouble. Flood waters threaten to raise the Schuykill River to the highest levels since Hurricane Agnes, and reports are the waters will continue to rise and crest at 23 feet sometime tonight. Flood water has covered several main arteries throughout the city, disabling bridges and knocking out power to certain areas.
Closer to home, the flood has badly crippled my employer, the Reading Eagle Newspaper. Our distribution center, where the company houses weekend inserts and certain Sunday sections, lies beneath no less than three feet of water. Needless to say, further updates today will be limited.
In Baltimore, the reeling Phillies hope for a little damage control of their own. On the heels of one of their worst weeks in team history, the Phils were blessed with a day to regroup after yesterday’s rainout. The hits keep coming, however. Jon Lieber was shelled in his Class-A rehab start, while Randy Wolf missed his start due to a fracture in his non-pitching hand. He’ll be out at least 10 days.
Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.41 ERA) pitches the opener against left-hander Erik Bedard (7-6, 5.09 ERA). Scott Mathieson (1-1, 4.31 ERA) starts his second big-league game against Kris Benson (8-5, 4.06 ERA).
As always, enjoy the game. For the live boxscore, click here.