Phillies 9, Reds 1
Myers pitched six solid innings and drove in the go-ahead run, helping the Philadelphia Phillies salvage the finale of a three-game series with a 9-1 win Wednesday.
“Pitching is repetitious,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. “He’s only 24. When he does it right, he’s a very good big league pitcher.”
Pat Burrell hit his 23rd homer in the sixth, his second of the series, then added an RBI single in the eighth to help the Phillies avoid being swept in a three-game series in Cincinnati for the first time since Aug. 4-6, 1995. Jason Michaels added four hits.
Myers (9-9) matched his season high with five walks, but he gave up only one run and four hits. He struck out four, improving to 4-1 in his last nine starts. He gave up a leadoff triple to Ryan Freel in the first but escaped with no damage.
“You never like to get in those situations because it takes a lot of pitches to get out of them,” Myers said. “I could’ve gone longer if I hadn’t gotten into that situation, but I definitely didn’t want them to score in the first. I worked out of it, but it took a lot out of me.”
“You figure it’s not going to be your day when you get a leadoff triple and can’t get him in,” Reds manager Dave Miley said.
Myers snapped a 1-1 tie by driving in David Bell from second with a two-out single in the fourth. Myers’ first RBI in 48 at-bats this season came on a two-strike fastball from starter Brandon Claussen. Bell led off the inning with a single and moved to second on Burrell’s one-out walk.
“It was a situation where he had him 0-2 and jammed him, but the kid still got a hit,” Miley said. “You’ve got to bounce it there. That’s something (Claussen) will learn and get better at.”
Claussen (2-5) gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
“I made one mistake,” he said. “It was elevated. It should’ve been down. He was aggressive and found a hole.”
The Phillies got consecutive singles from Ryan Howard, Bell and Michaels to take a 1-0 lead in the second. Michaels did not get credit for an RBI on his single to center after Reds catcher Corky Miller was charged with an error for failing to catch center fielder Wily Mo Pena’s short-hop throw on what would have been a close play at the plate.
The Reds scored their only run without a hit in the third. Claussen and Freel drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Claussen moved to third on Felipe Lopez’s fielder’s-choice grounder to Bell at third and scored on Sean Casey’s fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
Michaels had his second four-hit game on the 10-game road trip.
Phillies 1B Jim Thome and C Todd Pratt left in the first inning after Pratt backed into Thome while he was catching Lopez’s popup. Thome came out immediately with a bruised chest. Pratt left after one pitch to the next batter with a bruised left shoulder. … A.J. Hinch made his Phillies debut as Pratt’s replacement. … 2B D’Angelo Jimenez batted cleanup for the first time in his two seasons with Cincinnati. … After striking out with Freel on third and one out in the first, Casey could be heard banging repeatedly on something in the tunnel leading from the Reds’ dugout to their clubhouse. “I think it used to be a trash can,” Miley said.