Phillies Take Round Two Of Battle Of Pennsylvania

Scott MaloneAnalyst IAugust 9, 2008

The Phillies once again were shut out in the first game of a home series, this time by the Pittsburgh Pirates after a 12 inning marathon Friday night.

Brett Myers came out and set the tone in the top of the first, with a quick one-two-three inning, putting his fastball on display as he hit the glove of Chris Coste every time.

The Phils offensively got a quick start two, with a lead-off triple from Jimmy Rollins in the bottom of the first. Rollins then scored on a 2-2 double by Shane Victorino into right-center field. Victorino then scored on a base hit to center by Ryan Howard to make it 2-0.

Myers continued to pitch well early on, not allowing a base runner until the third, and then getting an inning ending double play from Ian Snell.

Myers had a small spot of trouble in the fourth, allowing a one out single to Doug Mientkiewicz, who then scored on a double from Nate McLouth. McLouth was able to advance to third with two outs, but Myers buckled down and struck out Brandon Moss to end the inning with a score of 2-1.

The score could have been alot higher, but the Phils stranded the bases loaded twice in four innings.

The Pirates had something going in the top of the fifth, with men on first and second and nobody out, but Myers got back-to-back strike outs of Luis Rivas and Ian Snell before getting Freddy Sanchez to fly out to right.

Ever since the two run first, Ian Snell had been able to keep the Phillies of the books, and showed off his good slider in the process by striking out Jayson Werth looking to end the fifth.

His counterpart Brett Myers was showcasing all of his pitches, especially his fastball and curveball in his first six innings. He surrendered just four hits, one run, and struck out five on just 77 pitches.

Snell retired the Phils in order again in the bottom of the sixth, continuing to shut down the offense in a hitter's ballpark.

The Phils were finally able to put another run on the board, after Jimmy Rollins hit his second lead-off triple of the night, Shane Victorino picked up another RBI with a single through a drawn in infield.

Myers pitched 7.2 of beautiful baseball, allowing just five hits, one run, a walk, and six strike outs on just 93 pitches.

Upon being pulled in the eighth, Myers clearly was not happy, and he clearly wanted to try and finish what he started.

However, J.C. Romero came in and got the final out of the eighth.

Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the eighth with another Phillies triple to right, and scored on a single by Greg Dobbs through a drawn in infield again to make it 4-1.

Chad Durbin came in to close out the game in the ninth, and despite a slightly rough inning, got the save after allowing a run.

The final: 4-2.

The Phils struggled to produce again, but were able to put up enough to out score the Pirates, and now have a chance to win the series tomorrow afternoon.