Brett Myers performed miserably, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks in two innings. And his performance kept the Rangers in the game, leading to their 8-7 win. The Phillies broke out to a 5-1 lead thanks to a Pedro Feliz grand slam, but Myers couldn’t hold onto it. With the game tied, Milton Bradley knocked a solo home run to give Texas the lead, and they never looked back.
Yet again the offense couldn’t deliver when necessary. A mini-rally in the second inning yielded no runs; altogether the Phils left 20 men on base. Start with Jimmy Rollins â€” swinging at the first pitch and giving no room for error, Rollins went 0-for-5. He looks like a zombie out there. Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 and struck out three times. And each strike out looked horrendous.
In the eighth inning Rudy Seanez gave up a run, which turned out to be the winning run. A Jayson Werth homer in the ninth wasn’t enough.
Still, the blame is on Myers, who is all but finished. Carrying a 5.84 ERA, Myers needs to sit his next start. No longer is he an option to help this team win â€” either bring up a Minor Leaguer or give Kris Benson the OK to start. Myers needs to sit out, figure out what is wrong with him, then come back at some point and deliver. There’s not much faith in him to be even a league-average starter. His downfall is the sad story of the year, and it kept the Phils from winning what looked to be an easy one against Texas. Instead the Phils are back in a hole, needing a huge start from Cole Hamels to rectify the damage.
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