Don’t you just love it when you find money in your pocket? I found $2 in the pocket of my pants this morning and I have to admit it was a nice little treat. Sure, $2 will barely get me a half-gallon of gas, but it adds up. I’ll take it.
Interestingly, the two, one-dollar bills look weathered and worn as if they went through the wash. My money has been laundered.
Be that as it may, Brett Myers appears to have gotten a little sullied up in the fifth inning. After four straight goose eggs, the Nats finally solved him in the fifth with four runs on three hits, an error and a hit batsmen. The big hit of the inning – in my estimation – was when pitcher Matt Chico laced a fat curveball to center field for a one-out hit.
Otherwise, Myers threw a lot of pitches to the barrels of bats. When Myers fell behind, the Nats made him pay… that’s the way it goes.
Myers’ line: 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 86 pitches.
Let’s call it auspicious.
Often, it’s the little things when things begin to unravel. Ryan Madson came in to relieve Myers and allowed a two-run homer with two outs to Lastings Milledge following an infield single from Cristian Guzman.
It was a close play, but it led to trouble.
Trouble is what the Phillies are in right now after Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Pedro Feliz followed up Chase Utley’s leadoff homer with strikeouts.