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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-10-12


Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2008-10-12
--RHP Brett Myers laced a bases-loaded single inside the first-base bag to spark a four-run third-inning rally Friday. In the fourth, he stumbled out of the batter's box, hit himself in the head with the bat and still legged out a dribbler along the third-base line for his third hit of the game. Standing on first base, Myers shook his head, rolled his eyes and caught his breath. Quite simply, some things in baseball defy explanation. Myers, a .116 career hitter, became the eighth pitcher to collect three hits in a playoff game and only the third since 1924, according to baseball-reference.com. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher to have three hits and three RBIs in a playoff game since Cincinnati's Dutch Ruether in the 1919 World Series. And the Chicago White Sox lost that series on purpose. "I would have rather gone out there and thrown seven solid innings and get three hits, but it worked out for us to where those three runs I drove in made a big difference in the game," said Myers, who allowed five runs in five innings of an 8-5 victory. 3B Greg Dobbs jokingly called Myers a "difference-making hitter." And suddenly slumping slugger Ryan Howard said, "If (Myers) goes out there next time and steals a base, I'm leaving."

--1B Ryan Howard, an MVP candidate in the National League, is 2-for-18 with one RBI in the playoffs for the Phillies. Brett Myers, a pitcher with a .116 career average, is 4-for-5 with three RBIs. What gives? "If people want to make jokes, they can make jokes," Howard said about comparisons with Myers. "They've been pitching me tough. They're trying to keep everything down and stay away. The competitive nature in me is wanting to get hits." Howard is 0-for-8 with two strikeouts in the first two games of the NLCS against the Dodgers.

--3B Greg Dobbs, a left-handed hitter, figured he'd get a chance to start at third base for the Phillies because the Dodgers were starting three right-handed pitchers to open the NLCS. But Dobbs sat on the bench for Game 1 against sinkerballer Derek Lowe. He started Game 2 on Friday night and went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk and figured in the Phillies' four-run rallies in the second and third innings. "Any time that you can be in the starting lineup in the playoffs, that's what you dream about," Dobbs said. "It's another reason you prepare so hard. The adrenaline's running. Every pitch, every hit counts. You just try to relax and do what you're capable of doing."

--2B Chase Utley drew four walks Friday, becoming the third player to walk four times in one NLCS game. Former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton (Oct. 10, 1993) and Ken Caminiti (Oct. 8, 1998) also walked four times in an NLCS game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Pitchers to collect three hits in a playoff game and only the third since 1924, according to baseball-reference.com. Brett Myers had three hits and three RBIs on Friday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first pitcher to have three hits and three RBIs in a playoff game since Cincinnati's Dutch Ruether in the 1919 World Series.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would have rather gone out there and thrown seven solid innings and get three hits, but it worked out for us to where those three runs I drove in made a big difference in the game." -- Phillies pitcher Brett Myers.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 12, 2008

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