... instead of watching the Phillies hit rock bottom. Call it a potentially lethal season killer. They have 23 games to recover. If they can't - and it's looking more likely that they won't - yesterday would be a fitting finale. The bats bury Hudson, and the bullpen blows it. Again. A team has not lost a game they were winning by six runs in the eighth inning all season, according to ESPN. Only the Phillies could manage something like that.
I know it's taboo to discuss the mental aspects of the game here, but are the Phillies choking again? Here are a pair of winnable finales when the offense spots them a sizable lead, and they can't hold it. Is it just a coincidence these brutal losses occurred right after the Mets series, when everyone climbed back on board?
Whatever. Why am I even bothering with this? I'm in Japan! Discuss yesterday's numbing 9-8 loss, the morning headlines and news from around the league below. Beerleaguer will be running semi-automated entries until Sept. 13, but will be checking comments and posting periodically while touring Tokyo and the surrounding cities. Today: After 20 hours of travel, we arrive in our hotel at 4:45 p.m; 3:45 a.m. EST, right on schedule. My room has a heated toilet seat and complimentary sandals and kimono. Time to shower and meet the group for a nightcap if I can stay awake.