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It was a well-pitched game by both Roy Halladay and Brett Myers, but the Astros were able to get to Halladay before the Phillies got to Myers. That’s the idea, get into the oppositions bullpen, create base runners, have good AB’s, and you need a little luck to when going up against an ace like Halladay.
The Astros had luck on their side early.
In the 3rd inning, first base umpire, Bob Davidson called Halladay out, trying to beat out an infield single, it was a nice play by Sanchez ranging to his left, though he had trouble collecting the ball, he was able to recover “in time”, made a good throw to Wallace at first, Halladay was ruled out. The replay showed he was safe.
The Astros were first on the board in the top of the 6th, after Angel Sanchez collected his 2nd knock of the day, an infield single to second base, setting the stage for Hunter Pence, who doubled to right. After Carlos Lee lined out, Bill Hall’s groundout to second base scored Sanchez, and the Astros had their first lead, 1-0.
The Astros broke it open in the 7th, with a three run frame. David Herndon was on the mound for the Phillies, who relieved Halladay. Michael Bourn tripled in both Quintero and Wallace, after they both led off the inning with a pair of singles. Angel Sanchez helped tack on another run with a sac-fly to right field, scoring Bourn, putting the Astros up 4-0.
Myers attacked hitters and made them put it in play. He’s not a guy that’s going to pile up the strikeouts, he was successful by getting ground balls, got hitters to get underneath balls by getting batters to chase the high fastball out of the zone, kept them on their toe’s with solid breaking stuff all day. Myers did not walk his first man until the 6th, But after allowing Shane Victorino to reach, Humberto Quintero promptly erased the threat and threw him out from his knees with a laser, right on the money. Overall, Myers put together a quality start, tossing 7 strong innings.
Myers, got into a little trouble in the 7th, allowing the first two hitters to reach, a passed ball by Quintero with Ryan Howard at the plate allowed the runners t move up. Howard capitalized on the passed ball, knocking one out to deep center for a sac-fly. That made it 4-1 Astros, and it quickly became 4-2, after Raul Ibanez ground out to first scored Jimmy Rollins.
After Myers walked his 3rd batter of the day, that prompted a visit from Brad Arnsberg. Myers struggled maybe with his focus, thinking more about how he was going to get the win, rather than thinking about the batter in the box. But, as Myers did for the better part of the 2010 season, when he posted 24 quality starts in 33 tries, he buckled down, getting catcher Carlos Ruiz to fly out to center field, escaping the 7th with the lead intact.
LATE INNING DRAMATICS
Remember when I said the Astros had luck on their side early? They didn’t have it late!
Set up man, Wilton Lopez shut the Phillies down in the 8th, setting up Brandon Lyon with an opportunity to close it out in the 9th.
He had trouble from the start, a lot of it. Lyon allowed Rollins and Howard to reach with singles to right field. He gave the Astros a little hope by getting Raul Ibanez to pop out. With Ben Francisco up next, Jimmy Rollins saw a perfect opportunity to steal third, and might have taken home too if not for a good stop by Chris Johnson, blocking an off target throw from Quintero.
Carlos Lee wouldn’t have to worry, plenty of action would be coming his way soon enough.
Ben Francisco drove Rollins in with a single to left-center field, and the Phillies were setting the stage for a dramatic opening day, comeback win.Wait for it…
Carlos Ruiz followed Francisco, and knocked a one out single into left field, loading the bases. The tension was growing for Brad Mills’ club.
If Mills had hair, he would have pulled it out.
Phillies second baseman, Wilson Valdez singed to left, driving in Howard to tie the game at 4-4 with still just one out for the Astros.
John Mayberry Junior delivered the final blow, a screaming line drive that flew over the head of Michael Bourn in center field, and the Phillies completed the comeback to win it, 5-4.
From GRITTY, to SH%$#Y
Brett Myers: 7ip 3H 2ER 3BB 85 pitches 1.29 ERA (Myers went 2-2 at plate and had a nice sac bunt in the 7th)
Brandon Lyon: 1/3ip 6H 3ER 30 pitches 81.01 ERA (The ERA isn’t a type-o)