Game #116: Myers Pitches Well; Doesn’t Like Being Lifted

Citizens Bank Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Brett Myers | Box
Brett Myers looked strong, allowing just one run in 7-2/3 innings of work. When manager Charlie Manuel pulled him, Myers had some harsh words for his skipper in the dugout. He had allowed just five hits and a walk.
Ian Snell allowed just two runs through six innings. Unfortunately he went triple then single to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino to start the seventh and wound up being charged with three earnies overs six IP. That was enough for the loss. The other two runs the Phillies scored came in the first.
The Pirates offense was unable to get much going. They managed just seven hits and a walk. Rollins had four hits, including two triples, and Victorino drove in a pair for the winneres. Almost a Buc in Spring Training Chad Durbin picked up the save.

Pre-Game Thoughts
In 22 starts in 2008, Ian Snell has pitched five or more innings and allowed two earned runs or less just five times. Not too surprising that he has just four wins for the campaign. He has just two wins in the last four months.
He has not faced the Phillies in 2008. He is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA for his career against Philadelphia. Phillie hitters are just 19-82 against Snell. Beware of Jimmy Rollins. He is 8-15 with a double, two triples and a homer in his career off of Snell.
As it stands now, Brett Myers is third among all pitchers born in 1980 in wins behind CC Sabathia and Josh Beckett. He leads Danny Haren by two (for now).A few years ago, Myers seemed poised to become a consistent winner. But this year he is just 4-9 with an ERA over 5.00. His time this year includes a demotion and a couple of starts in the minors to try to work out some kinks. Sounds like someone we all know pretty well. Please come back soon, Tom Gorzelanny.
Despite a career ERA of 2.92 against Pittsburgh, Myers record against the Bucs is just 2-4. One of those losses was on April 27 of this year when he was at the wrong end of a complete game victory from Paul Maholm. The Pirates are just 13-54 against Myers. Nate McLouth has a pair of dingers.

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