Brett Myers is ready for Opening Day.
In his final outing before taking the mound at Citizens Bank Park against the Washington Nationals, Myers mowed down the New York Yankees en route to an easy 4-0 win. Myers pitched five innings, giving up two hits and two walks while striking out three. Moreover, Myers induced nine ground outs to three fly outs. He’s painting corners, hitting spots â€” he’s a pitcher. Good, good news.
Oh, and then Andrew Carpenter came in and threw four scoreless frames. He made Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez ground out (the MVP grounded into a double play) before striking out Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada and Wilson Betemit in succession. The 22-year-old surrendered two hits while striking out six Yankees. A very impressive game for the AA-bound right-hander.
All of the Phillies runs came in the second inning, as they tattooed starter Chien-Ming Wang for four runs.Â Jimmy Rollins’ two-run single was the big blow in the successful frame that also saw RBI by Jayson Werth and Brett Myers. Pat Burrell had two hits and Geoff Jenkins had three hits to improve his spring average to .254.
Next for the Phillies is the Grapefruit League finale against the Tigers, in Lakeland. Adam Eaton throws for the good guys while Kenny Rogers goes for the Detroit nine. After the game, the players will get their bags together quickly â€” it’ll be back to Philadelphia from there.