Phillies-Rockies: Brett Myers Struggles as Philadelphia Sweeps Colorado
The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies, 8-6. Ryan Madson pitched the eighth to notch the win, while Brad Lidge nailed down a perfect ninth for his fourth save. Manny Corpas took the loss, allowing three runs in the ninth inning to give the Phillies the come from behind victory.
Brett Myers received a no decision after allowing all six of the Rockies runs over his seven innings of work. After a solid outing his last time out, Myers repeated his early season struggles on Tuesday night. The Rockies had at least one runner in scoring position in every inning except the sixth off the enigmatic right-hander.
Myers was also unable to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard in the half-innings that followed after his teammates scored. After the Phillies offense put runs on the board in the third, fourth, and seventh innings, Myers was unable to put together a shut down inning and keep the Rockies off the scoreboard.
The offense was able to get Myers off the hook with a three-run ninth inning rally, but Myers must pitch better if this team is to realize its post season aspirations. Myers has been put into a leadership position by virtue of Charlie Manuel appointing him the ace of the staff. On most nights allowing six earned runs over seven innings will not keep your team in the game, and an ace is expected to give his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound. Through the first three weeks, Myers has failed to do that.
Jason Werth’s solo homer to left in the seventh inning tied the game at four and seemed to reinvigorate the Phillies’ bench. Pedro Feliz doubled with one out in the eighth and scored on a pinch hit single by Greg Dobbs. That run made it a 6-5 Colorado lead after Myers allowed a two run homer to Garrett Atkins in the bottom of the seventh.
The Phils hung the third blown save of the season on Corpas in the ninth inning. After So Taguchi and Chase Utley reached base with singles, Rockies manager Clint Hurdle chose to intentionally walk Ryan Howard with one out. Pat Burrell followed with a three-run double to left-center that plated Taguchi, Utley, and Howard to give the Phils the 8-6 victory.
Utley went 2-for-5 in the game, with a single and double. That snapped his streak of consecutive games with a home run at five.
The Phillies swept their first season of the season, and won their third series of the year. All three series wins have come against teams outside the National League East.
The Phillies open another quick two game series on Wednesday night in Milwaukee against the Brewers. Ben Sheets was supposed to start game one of the series for the Brewers, but he has been scratched due to injury. The Brewers starter for the series opener is unknown at this time.
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