Braves 9, Phillies 8

On a Wednesday afternoon in which the Mets were utterly baffled by first ballot Hall of Famer Tom Shearn (and learned they’d lose the services of Carlos D. for at least a week), the Phillies squandered a chance to get back in the NL East race in a spectacular fashion. Blowing leads of 5-0 and 8-2, Brett Myers allowed 3 runs with two outs in the home 9th, the decisive blow coming on a bases-clearing, 3-run double by Matt Diaz — a drive to the warning track that Chris Roberson nearly caught.

While Myers was certainly victimized by poor fielding, Tom Gordon (5 batters faced, one retired, 4 hits, 4 earned runs) was nothing short of diabolical. While the former might have difficulty spelling “retard”, the latter has no trouble whatsoever with “choke”.

Bobby Cox, by the way, would like to remind Myers that it’s only a game, and family’s the most important thing.

San Diego’s Jake Peavy will face the Snakes tonight on 3 days’ rest, a better gambit on the part of Bud Black than say, giving Brett Tomko the ball with all the rest in the world.

Carl Crawford, enjoy a few days off.