First pitch is 1:35 p.m. ET when the Phillies and Marlins settle it this afternoon. Beerleaguer will be running automated entries until Sept. 13, but will be checking comments and posting periodically while touring Japan. Today's schedule: Board the Hikari Super Express train from Nagoya to Hiroshima for a mid-afternoon game between Yokohama BayStars and the Hiroshima Carp from Hiroshima Municipal Stadium. Afterward, we visit the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Park and A-Bomb Museum, located at ground-zero of the first atomic bomb drop.
5:30 p.m. update: The Phillies defeated the Marlins 8-5 behind homers from Pat Burrell, Carlos Ruiz and the second-straight day of shutdown relief by the Phillies' bullpen. The Phils survived another scary inning where the roof caved in for Jamie Moyer, who allowed five runs in the fifth inning after allowing one hit over the first four. Familiar pattern for Moyer here in the second half. The Phils tagged Marlins' starter Dontrelle Willis for seven runs, including the homers by Ruiz and Burrell. Burrell knocked in three on a 2-for-4 afternoon. Ryan Howard got the afternoon off with Chase Utley taking over at first. The day off for Howard was a long time coming.
Checking scores, Colorado leads San Diego 4-2 in the 8th inning.
Yesterday in Japan, it was Yokohama 4, Hiroshima 3 in 10 innings. The BayStars overcame a blown save by Marc Kroon, which included an RBI base-hit by Alex Ochoa to tie it in the ninth.