The Phillies bats came alive Thursday afternoon in the final game with the Astros. The rubber match between the two teams featured Brett Myers and Brandon Backe. Backe was the one who struggled though giving up runs early and often to the Phils offense.
Backe allowed 3 runs in the first after allowing the first two batters to reach base and the Phillies offense never looked back. Howard, Utley, Burrell and Chris Coste all hit homer runs in the 10-2 route of the Astros. The team had 16 hits in all and if nothing else, the Phillies showed that their bench players can step in when needed and provide offense and solid defense. Both So Taguchi and Jason Werth went 2 for 5 in the game and scored three of the teams 10 runs in the game.
Myers pitched seven strong innings with 8 strikeouts and only allowing one run on a solo home run to Miguel Tejada in the 4th inning.
The Phils needed this win as they head into the weekend against the Mets and Johan Santana faces Cole Hamels in the first game of the series.