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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Game 126: Myers awakens ghosts of Keith Primeau (68-58)

On a May night back in 2004, Brett Myers pitched a complete game-shutout against the LA Dodgers. Across the street, the Flyers won game 6 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals on the back of Keith Primeau. A fantastic day in Philadelphia.

In his first CG SO since that date, Myers was a horse as Charlie Manuel allowed him (correctly) to pitch all nine. However, Manuel was not free of errors this evening. In the bottom of the third inning, Greg Dobbs incredibly walked on 4 pitches before Chris Coste was hit with the first pitch. Myers started his count with a ball, and instead of taking advantage of the pitcher's wildness, Manuel decided to allow Myers to bunt his team into an out on a pitch out of the strike zone. The sacrafice was not even successful. The only reason they scored that inning was a Nationals' throwing error.

Also, Chris Coste was on first and Manuel decided it was a good idea to call for a hit-and-run with Jimmy Rollins at the plate. Luckily, Rollins singled. But, good results do not imply good decisions. Later in the game, Coste attempted to steal second and was thrown out on a seemingly missed call. Here's an idea: never give Coste the steal sign and he'll never even think of running.

All, in all, a decent game. Thank goodness he didn't use Brad Lidge.

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