Friday night the Phils opened a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs, pitting Brett Myers against the fiery Carlos Zambrano. Myers along with the rest of the Phillies were aiming to right the ship as both the teams and Myers last two outings have been less than favorable.
The game started off with a bang as both Derrick Lee and Aramis Ramirez hit bombs off Myers in the first putting the Phils behind early. Myers though managed to gain his composure and keep the Cubs under control allowing for the offense to catch up off a fourth inning 2 run homer run from Pat Burrell.
In the bottom of the 5th Gregg Dobbs smacked a double to left-center that was subsequently dropped by Kosuke Fukudome after a collision with left fielder Alfonso Soriano, allowing Shane Victorino to score and the Phillie to take the lead. In the top of the sixth, Soriano blasted a homer run to left field tying the game back up, but only for a short time as the Phils got two more in the bottom of the sixth take the lead for the duration.
Brett Myers had his first solid outing of the season, going 8 innings, giving up 3 ER with 5 Ks. Brad Lidge came on in the ninth and despite a poorly defensed play by Tso Taguchi, Lidge got the save to secure the win at the start of their 9 game homestand.
This was the first "complete" game by the Phillies this season and hopefully will be a solid building block for the remainder of the season. Tomorrow night the Phils send Cole Hamels to the mound against Ted Lilly with the hopes of getting back to .500 for the season.