Myers Dominates In Complete Game Shutout

On Sunday, a Hall of Fame veteran was on hand to watch a 22 year old phenom throw a game like the retired lefty used to throw as fans received Steve Carlton bobbleheads. Maybe someday, years from now, Brett Myers will watch a kid throw a gem while fans celebrate with their Brett Myers bobbleheads. For now though, simply getting a win and saving the overused bullpen will do. Myers threw a three-hit shutout against Boston Sunday as the Phillies won 5-0, taking both games of the abbreviated series.

As happy as Larry Bowa was to win Saturday's game with Boston, it could have been a costly win because his bullpen was pretty much blown out for Sunday's rematch. That's where Brett Myers (6-6) stepped up to help out his manager, throwing a complete game three-hitter. Myers consistently got in front of hitters, throwing first pitch strikes to 27 out of the 33 hitters that he faced in the game. The three hits that he allowed were all singles.

Bobby Abreu put the Phillies on the board in the third inning. Boston starter Byung-Hyun Kim (1-1) retired Jimmy Rollins and Jim Thome when Abreu stepped up and promptly launched his 12th homerun of the season, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Abreu scored the Phillies second run in the sixth inning when he led off with a double off of Kim and advanced to third on a ground ball by Pat Burrell. David Bell then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Abreu and give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.

As Myers continued to breeze, Ryan Rupe replaced Kim to start the seventh. Marlon Byrd led off the inning and deposited a pitch from Rupe into the Red Sox bullpen to push the lead to 3-0. Myers then hit for himself and singled to right and went to second on a perfectly placed bunt by Placido Polanco. Rollins continued the rally with his fourth homerun of the season and the Phillies suddenly had a 5-0 lead.

Myers needed just five pitches to put down Boston in the eighth and didn't have any trouble retiring the side in order in the ninth to record his first career shutout.

A crowd of 60,960 were on hand to salute the players of the 1980s and get their free Steve Carlton bobblehead dolls. In the two games of the series that were played, nearly 100,000 fans were in attendance. The first game of the series was rained out and rescheduled for Monday September first at 1:05 p.m.

After an off-day Monday, the Phillies start a huge three-game series in Atlanta Tuesday with Kevin Millwood (8-5, 3.90) going against Russ Ortiz (8-4, 3.56) in the series opener. The Phillies took two out of three against Atlanta when they met in Philadelphia last week.


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