Brett Myers allowed three runs on three solo homers, but limited the Cubs to just two additional base runners, lasting eight innings for his first win of the season in a 5-3 defeat of the Cubs.
Pat Burrell drove in three runs, including a two-run blast in the fourth off Carlos Zambrano, adding insult to injury with an RBI double in the sixth off the Cubs' ace, who seemed to let his emotions get the best of him after Greg Dobbs’ fifth-inning fly ball to left-center was ruled a double instead of a catch, scoring Shane Victorino. Carlos Ruiz picked up an RBI hit to round out the scoring. Brad Lidge pitched the ninth inning for his second save. Readers called it the most complete win of the season.
Beerleaguer: Pat Burrell is absolutely brilliant right now: aggressive, ready to unload, a great-looking swing. He appears to be seeing the ball extremely well. The pitch from Zambrano had life to it, and he crushed it. He’s been a very opportunistic hitter, too. These RBIs are coming right when they need them. The Phillies looked dead in the water before he put them on the board.
The key for Myers was that he didn’t walk anybody. He went back to doing what he does best: attack; throw strikes. It was a very efficient, promising effort from the right-hander. The home runs are going to happen, a byproduct of the park and the type of pitcher he is. The key is for Myers to shake it off and move on, something his Cubs counterpart couldn’t do last night.