Myers Looks Better, But Phils Still Lose

There has been a lot of concern over Brett Myers this spring. On Thursday, Myers looked better than he has in the past this spring, but certainly wasn't overpowering. Of course, neither was the Phillies' offense. Chase Utley went deep to try to jump start a ninth inning rally, but it never came about.

Reed Johnson led off the bottom of the first for Toronto with a homerun off Brett Myers. It looked like 'here we go again' time, but Myers settled down and pitched better after the homerun. The Phillies right-hander pitched into the sixth inning and gave up three earned runs on seven hits.

Chase Utley smashed a solo homerun in the ninth and the Phillies put the tying run on with one out. Toronto's Miguel Batista then settled down and struck out the next two hitters to end the short-lived rally. Batista recorded the save in the Blue Jays 3-2 win.

With Toronto up 2-1, Frank Menechino launched a solo homerun off Myers to give Toronto a two-run lead. The Blue Jays had scored another run in the third on an RBI single from Orlando Hudson.

The Phillies first run of the afternoon came on an RBI single from Jason Michaels. The hit scored Mike Lieberthal who had singled and went to second on a ground ball.

Their record this spring now stands at 9-13. They are 9-8 after starting the spring 0-5.


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