Phillies Short Hops: Game 2
Victorino's bat, Myers' arm lead Phils to 2-0 NLDS lead
PHILADELPHIA -- Fielding the Phillies' Game 2 5-2 win over the Brewers on a short hop ...
A second-inning offensive explosion, including a grand slam by center fielder Shane Victorino, allowed the Phillies to power past Brewers ace CC Sabathia. Frozen moment
The first inning provided some tense moments for starting pitcher Brett Myers, who found himself in a bases-loaded jam with one out and one run having already scored. After a conference on the mound, Myers got Corey Hart to swing at a first-pitch slider that bounced right back to the mound. Myers fired to catcher Carlos Ruiz, who whipped the ball to Ryan Howard at first to complete an inning-ending double play. Big Number
Six -- The Phillies had six doubles, tying their postseason record for doubles in one game. They also had six doubles in Game 3 of the 1976 NL Championship Series against the Reds. Game balls
Victorino stepped up at the plate for the Phillies in September, and his offensive surge is continuing into the postseason. The center fielder's grand slam in the second inning put Philly ahead to stay. Never one to be satisfied, Victorino also clubbed two doubles.
During his struggles in the first half of 2008, Myers was usually hit hard in the first inning. The right-hander worked his way out of a first-inning jam Thursday night and was almost unhittable thereafter.
It was Werth's leadoff double that sparked the Phils' second-inning rally. The right fielder also singled in the third.
Sense of October
The crowd at Citizens Bank Park reached its highest volume of 2008 when Victorino's second-inning grand slam cleared the left-field fence.
4 AB, 3 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R, 2 SB
Comment: Victorino was the difference, providing a grand slam that turned the tide in the Phils' favor.
7 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 Ks
Comment: Myers kept the Brewers guessing for the second consecutive game.
"When I first hit it, I said, 'I've got to get going.'" -- Victorino, on his grand slam
The Phillies will head to Milwaukee's Miller Park, where they're sure to encounter a hostile crowd in Game 3. The Brewers haven't been to the postseason since 1982, and it's a certainty their fans will be loud.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.