Monday, April 6, 2009

Philadelphia Phillies-Atlanta Braves: Derek Lowe Downs Phils 4-1

by Bob Cunningham

In what was billed as a fantastic opening game for the MLB season, the defending World Champion Philadelphia Phillies (Brett Myers) fell to the division-rival Atlanta Braves (Derek Lowe) at Citizens Bank Park, 4-1.

The night started off fine for Myers, who retired the first two batters he faced. Unfortunately, Chipper Jones would have none of that. Jones hit a two-out single right in front of Raul Ibanez setting up the beginning of the end for Myers and the Phils.

Brian McCann slammed a change-up at the numbers deep into the second deck in right field to quiet the rowdy Philadelphia crowd and put the Braves out ahead by two early in the game.

Bad went to worse for Myers in the second inning.

Jeff Francoeur would lead off the inning and start it off with a bang. He nailed a solo shot into left field to extend the Braves' lead to 3-0.

Could it get any worse for Myers? Evidently it could.

A rookie from AA came up for his first Major League at-bat and boy did he make the best of it. Jordan Schafer had to go low for it, but he cracked a Myers pitch into deep center field for his first Major League hit and home run extending the lead to 4-0.

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