10/10/08 9:16 PM ET
Phillies Short Hops: Game 2
Philadelphia erupts early, holds off Los Angeles late
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
The Phillies erupted for four runs in the second and third innings and staved off Dodgers rallies in the seventh and ninth to win.
Brett Myers put his left hand over his eyes and swung his right hand like a bat in the dugout to have some fun on his three-hit day.
3 -- The number of hits Myers recorded in Game 2 in as many at-bats after hitting safely just four times in 58 at-bats (.069) during the regular season. Game balls
Victorino drove in four runs with hits in the second and the third innings, but his biggest play may have been the leaping catch he made at the wall on Casey Blake's deep drive with two runners on to end the seventh.
Myers gave up five runs, but he made his biggest contributions with his bat. The pitcher hit safely three times and drove in three runs, two more than he did during the entire regular season.
Dobbs was in the middle of the Phillies' two rallies, reaching base three times and scoring a pair of runs.
Sense of October
On the day manager Charlie Manuel's mother and Victorino's grandmother passed away, the Phillies won a thrilling game for them that may have meant a little more on this emotional day.
5 AB, 2 H, 1 3B, 4 RBI
Comment: Victorino drove in four runs in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series just like he did with a grand slam off CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the NL Division Series.
5 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 6 Ks
Comment: Myers yielded a three-run homer to Manny Ramirez with a six-run lead and needed 102 pitches to get through five innings, but what matters most is he turned the game over to his bullpen with a lead.
"I went up to [Manuel] as I was getting ready for the game. I told him, 'I'm going to win this for your mom today.' So it was in the back of my mind, for sure. But he's been so good to us. We gotta show him some love, too, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family dealing with this time." -- Myers
The Phillies head to Los Angeles up 2-0, shooting to take over complete control of the series with a win in Game 3 with veteran Jamie Moyer on the mound.
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.