Beerleaguer: Dealing. Dealing. Dealing. Cardinals are begging, and Cliff gets bored. What should have been an effortless Game 2 victory turned into a mess, all because ... what? ... Cliff decided to get tricky? Bury one or two pitches right down Broadway in the fourth, with a couple of Cardinals behind in the count, and the Phillies likely emerge unscathed tonight and ahead 2-0 in the series. Cliff Lee is an unreal showman. Such a pleasure to watch. He had the Cards eating out of his hands through three. He was ahead all night. He fanned nine. But Doc would never lose himself this way. He wouldn't tinker around. Don't blame Jerry Meals. They weren't strikes. And luck was not on the Phillies' side for sure. But when you're as good as Lee and staked to 4-0 lead, and to lose, and to allow 12 hits. It's pretty small. And what a shame. Six shutout innings by the Cards' 'pen saved Tony LaRussa from looking like an fool since Chris Carpenter had zero command. What a shame. What should have been ... (posted by phone in Chicago).