Myers Looks Like ... Myers
The Phillies hit, but you knew they would. Brett Myers threw eight strong innings. Did you know that would happen?
You weren't surprised the Phillies hit last night in a 12-3 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
But did you know Brett Myers would recover from a three-run first inning to pitch eight and strike out 11?
Or did you think he might implode?
That's probably the biggest news from last night's game ... oh, and the Phillies took a half-game lead over the Marlins for first place in the National League East. Myers overcame a tough first inning and pitched well against a good hitting team, a team that hits home runs almost as often as the Phillies. Rich Dubee said last weekend in Houston that he thought Myers would need three-straight quality innings to turn around his confidence. Well, he had seven. So let's see if seven good innings in one game is enough to turn around a pitcher who went 0-5 with a 6.92 ERA in his previous seven starts.
"He definitely has to pitch good for us to be a winner," Charlie Manuel said. "He's definitely one of the guys we depend on."
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