Myers pitches 5 for Iron Pigs

July 2, 2008 9:15:06 PM PDT
Philadelphia Phillies struggling right-hander Brett Myers pitched five innings Wednesday in his first start since being sent to the minors to work on his delivery. In five innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Myers allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two as the Iron Pigs lost to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5-2. Myers threw 100 pitches, 60 of them for strikes.

After pitching four scoreless innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Myers gave up three runs and three hits in the fifth as Scranton took a 3-1 lead.

He allowed a first-inning infield single to former Houston Astro Jason Lane and a second-inning double by Eric Duncan. But he retired nine straight after Duncan's leadoff hit before walking J.D. Closser to start the fifth.

Myers leads the major leagues with 24 home runs allowed. He is coming off the shortest start of his career with the Phillies and agreed to be optioned to Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

The Phillies were 1-11 in the last 12 games started by Myers, who was 1-8 in that stretch.