The surging Diamondbacks staged another late-inning comeback to extend their winning streak to seven Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over Roy Halladay and the Phillies. After the game, the Phillies finally surrendered Placido Polanco to the disabled list. (Bobblehead pictured right)
Beerleaguer: I used to pull my hair out over losses like these in the early days of Beerleaguer, only the bullpen was the guilty party back then, not a starter who lasted nine innings while tying a career high with 14 strikeouts. They should have won it, but take comfort in knowing these types of losses have become a rarity. The Phils are typically a lock when leading after a certain point, and when Charlie Manuel lets out the leash on one of his aces, they'll usually nail it down. Not to mention the Phils had a chance to rally in the ninth (as they often do) after Chooch got aboard with a leadoff walk. Mini Mart dropped a perfect bunt, but J.J. Putz struck out Ross Gload and Jimmy Rollins to put out the fire. I was expecting J-Roll to deliver the clutch hit there, but no such luck.
Iunno. Bleh. Whatever. Worst part about it is extra wear on Halladay in a losing cause. It looked like he was toast from the outset of the inning. He's at 184 2-3 innings on Aug. 16. Where do you draw the line? ... Moving on, the word from the park is the Phils will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow to replace the faberge egg known as Placido Polanco. With all this stalling, I wonder if they're trying to make a move. They could use a little help there, no question. I don't know that Polanco helps them much the rest of the way, whether he has the surgery or not.
Schwimer? According to a reliable Twitter source, game on for the minor league right-hander. More details tomorrow ...