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Brett Myers loses Pig Debut Thursday July 3rd, 2008

Posted by Sean in Brett Myers, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
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As you may know, Phillies righthander (and former ace) Brett Myers was optioned down to AAA Lehigh Valley this week. His first AAA start since 2002 resulted in a loss to the Keystone State rivals Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Here’s the official news report, courtesy ironpigsbaseball.com:

Brett Myers allowed just three runs on five hits in his first start as a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs but the home team suffered a 5-3 setback against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Wednesday night. While the length of his time in the Lehigh Valley remains unclear, Myers is expected to take the mound again for Lehigh Valley on Monday, July 7 against Louisville Bats. The Phillies’ Opening Day starter took the loss but looked extremely sharp during his 5.0 inning stint against the second-place Yankees.
The right-hander only allowed two hits over the first four innings of the game. After allowing a lead off double to Yankees 1B Eric Duncan (Ed.’s note: No longer a prospect) in the 2nd, Myers struck out the next two batters he faced and got RF Greg Porter (Not a prospect, either) to ground out to strand the runner in scoring position. At one point, the former 14-game winner retired nine Yankees in a row using his breaking ball primarily as his out pitch.
Brandon Watson gave the latest addition to the IronPigs starting rotation a run in the 4th by drilling his first home run of the season against Scranton/WB starter Jeff Karstens (prospect). It was his first blast since July 23, 2007 in Norfolk while a member of the Columbus Clippers. The Lehigh Valley LF had gone 383 at-bats between homers over the last two seasons.
Myers’ lead though however, would not last more than a half inning as he allowed three runs on a trio of hits in the Yankees’ half of the 5th inning. JD Closser (NP) led off with a walk and would then reach third on a passed ball and a throwing error by Jason Jaramillo. Porter then delivered a single through the pulled in infield to tie the game at 1-1. Justin Christian (NP) then laced a double to right that put two runners in scoring position with only one out in the inning.
Chris Basak (NP) would then drop a softly hit ball into shallow left that gave Scranton/WB their first lead of the game and the visitors still had a speedy runner in Christian standing at third. The centerfielder’s quickness came into play when Myers’ uncorked a wild pitch that got away from Jaramillo and allowed Christian to come home and make it a 3-1 Yankees advantage. The former Phillies closer would retire the next two batters on fly balls and would not come out for the 6th after a 100-pitch outing.
Mike Cervenak helped Lehigh Valley pull to within one in the 6th on single to left to score Rich Thompson who had a ground rule double to center and a stolen base in the frame. Cervenak also stole his 5th base of the season in the inning but was stranded in scoring position after Karstens struck out Andy Tracy and Jon Knott to keep it a 3-2 game.
Then poor defense pushed Lehigh Valley even farther behind as Christian stole a pair of bases in the 7th and then scored on Jaramillo’s second throwing error of the ballgame. A similar play happened in the 8th with Jason Lane (NP) who walked and then took second on a base on balls issued to Duncan. On ball four to Duncan, reliever Stephen Randolph threw a wild pitch and the veteran Lane took off and headed to third base. Jaramillo then over threw Cervenak at the hot corner and Lane trotted home to make it a 5-2 Scranton lead.
The Lehigh Valley catcher tried to atone for his mistakes in the field by pounding an RBI double in the 9th that scored Knott from first base. But Yanks’ lefty Billy Traber retired Oscar Robles and Mike Rouse to end the game and hand the IronPigs their fifth straight loss against their in-state rivals.
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1. Reed - Thursday July 3rd, 2008

Sean you should write your own story about this instead of Ctrl+C Ctrl+V-ing one.


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