Phillies' Myers a big hit, again

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The other afternoon, Phillies' pitcher Brett Myers arrived in the interview room lugging a piece of lumber. Chuckles all around.

"I figured everybody would want to talk about my hitting, so I brought along my bat," said Myers, tongue in cheek.

Myers was referring to a very important at-bat he had waged against Milwaukee Brewers' CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. With Sabathia working on three days' rest, as usual, Myers extended him to a 12-pitch at-bat that ended with Myers dumping a single into left field, helping dispatch Sabathia to an early shower.

Well, who's laughing now? Myers made his second start of the post-season last night and when the Phils' 8-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers was in the books, it was once again Myers' batsmanship that people were talking about.

In his five innings of work, Myers went 3-for-3, all singles, scored twice and drove in three more. His pitching line wasn't anything to write home about -- five innings, six hits, four walks, five runs but with offence like he provided, nobody was complaining, except maybe the Dodgers.

"I think (Myers) had four hits all year long and he gets three in this game?" said Dodger manager Joe Torre. "That's kind of tough to defend against."

Myers had no explanation.

"I got four hits all year and now I have four in the post-season. I'm actually baffled as to what's going on.

"One thing is certain: I would rather have pitched seven strong innings and struck out three times than run out of gas after five innings."


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