CLEARWATER, Fla - Impressive pitching from Brett Myers and timely hitting from much of the lineup helped the Phillies beat the Reds 8-1 and shake off the horse bleep from yesterday's dismal loss.
Myers worked quickly through the Reds lineup, striking out seven in a scoreless 5 2-3 innings. The performance was a good sign for the Phillies, who may need to count on Myers for a third straight opening day start. Myers also continued his aggressive approach at the plate (aggression pictured right), driving a single down the first base line. The game also saw action from two key bullpen pieces who have been limited by injuries this spring, Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge. Lidge surrendered the only Reds' run of the game, but seemed to be throwing mostly fastballs.
Key hits were delivered by Matt Stairs, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, and Eric Bruntlett (who won the Most Leprechaunish award in the St. Patty's green). Raul Ibanez had two hits, and Chase Utley saw tons of pitches in his four plate appearances, and ended up with two walks. He looked good in the field and on the basepaths, though he drew a few concerned groans from the crowd in the first inning when he dove for a ball that got through the hole up the middle. - Furnstein & Jonesman
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