The Braves and Phillies resume their three-game series tonight as Kyle Lohse (7-12, 4.54) takes on Buddy Carlyle (8-5, 5.02) 7:05 p.m. ET from Turner Field. Discuss it here.
Preview: It’s all starting to come a little dangerously undone for the Phillies in their quest for their first post-season berth since 1993. Yesterday in Atlanta, Lance Cormier, who entered the game with a 7.59 ERA, allowed just one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings. Cormier’s curveball was cracking, but I’d be lying if I said the Phillies’ heads were in that game. Coming off the a deflating series loss in Florida, the Phils have lost three straight and trail the Mets by five games in the NL East. Attention once again shifts toward the Wild Card, where the Phillies trail the Diamondbacks by three games. Ryan Howard, who looked as though he’d avoid breaking the all-time strikeout mark last homestand, has 16 strikeouts in his last six games and is back on pace to exceed 195 for the season. Howard went 0-for-4 yesterday with three Ks.
Roster moves: The Phillies have recalled RHP Geoff Geary from triple-A Ottawa and purchased the contract of RHP John Ennis from Ottawa.
Biiru-Leaguer: Now would be a good time to tell you I will touring the Japanese Baseball League Sept. 5 through 13. (You’ll be surprised to learn I don’t plan my vacations around the Phillies’ pennant race.) The tour is organized by Bob Bavasi, brother of Seattle Mariners GM Bill Bavasi, and includes a five-stadium tour of Japanese baseball, including stops in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Sendai. Beerleaguer senior correspondent and foreign-league guru Martin Smith, aka my stepfather, will also be making the trip. Just the guys. This is Martin's second time taking the Bavasi JapanBall tour. Read more about it here.
The plan is to log on to Beerleaguer from the hotels, write a few entries and snap a few photos. However, the schedule is hectic, so I’ve prepared a series of automated posts for the rest of this series and the upcoming homestand. I look forward to sharing the experience with you. Enjoy your week, go Phillies and I'll talk to you soon!