Remember Myers’ two at-bats against C.C. Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS? How could he possibly one-up that performance?
Oh, I don’t know… how about hitting two singles in two at-bats and driving in three runs against Los Angeles Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley?
He swung at the first pitch in both at-bats. The first hit came on an inside slider to put the Phillies up 2-1. Myers kept his hands inside the baseball and drove it into shallow right-center. The second hit came on an outside fastball to increase the Phillies’ lead to 6-2. Myers scorched it down the right field line past first baseman James Loney.
As he has been wont to do lately, he’s also been pitching well. Granted, he’s been a little wild (ask Manny Ramirez), but as of this writing (Phils up 8-2 in the bottom of the third), he’s given up two runs through three innings on three hits and three walks while striking out four.
UPDATE: Not so much anymore, as Myers surrenders a three-run home run to Manny Ramirez to make it an 8-5 lead.
And Myers makes it 3-for-3 at the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning as he beat out an infield single down the third base line.
The Phils have thus far scored eight runs without hitting a single home run. The collective head of the media has exploded.
On a much more depressing note, I’d like to send my condolences out to Charlie Manuel, whose mother passed away this morning. He still found enough strength to manage Game 2, and for that he deserves our utmost respect. ESPN’s Jayson Stark has a great, moving article on Manuel that I implore everyone read.
Shane Victorino was also given some bad news after the game. His father told him that his grandmother had passed away. Shane has written about it on his blog. Scott Lauber has some Shane quotes as well.