Carlos Lee’s two-out, two-run broken-bat flare in the eighth off Ryan Madson spoiled Joe Blanton’s brilliant night and rewarded Brett Myers with the victory in a 3-2 Astros win over the Phillies.
Blanton and Myers traded seven-inning, nine-strikeout performances with both right-handers snapping off good curves. But the game was ultimately decided in a controversial eighth when Michael Bourn was ruled safe when he appeared to run out of the baseline on a bunt single while trying to avoid Ryan Howard’s tag. The game’s other not-so-hot moment came when Jayson Werth was caught sleeping after an intentional walk and was picked off second to end the sixth. Beerleaguer: I didn’t have an issue with the call; Howard beats him if he turns and throws to first, but Chase Utley needs to make it loud and clear that he’s got the base covered. Watching the replay, it’s difficult to say if he did; it didn't look like it. Perhaps it's assumed. Still, I think Howard tagged him anyway.
In any event, aside from Blanton pitching what might of been his best start of the season, it was an ugly game all-around. Howard is pulling off and his timing isn’t there; Myers made him look foolish on a couple of breaking balls. It’s too bad for Madson because he and Carlos Ruiz worked over Hunter Pence nicely before Lee’s stupid hit. Obviously, this wasn't a heady game by the Fightins, not only Werth’s trademark braincramp, but I wasn’t in love with some of Shane Victorino’s at bats, either.