The last 2 starts by Brett Myers were disastrous, as he was shelled for 14 earned runs by the Marlins and Braves. But the "Good" Brett escaped a first inning jam with a timely double play ball, and went on to pitch seven solid innings against the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday in Game 2 of the NL playoffs. Myers rediscovered his good moving fastball to complement his curve and other pitches, and allowed only two hits to the Brewers.
But Brett the Batter was in rare form as well. Most of the time, Myers hits about as well as I would against major league pitching. But yesterday was a special occasion for Brett. Encouraged by the raucous Philadelphia crowd (who cheered for Brett when he managed to just make contact and foul off some of C. C. Sabathia's pitches), Brett worked the count to 3 and 2 in the third inning, and then the flustered Sabathia threw ball four to put Myers on base after a nine pitch at bat. Jimmy Rollins then walked on four pitches to load the bases. This set the stage for Shane Victorino's Grand Slam home run, which capped the Phillies' five-run inning against the "invincible" Mr. Sabathia. Thus, in a game where the media experts predicted a Brewer victory, the tide was turned. Sabathia was removed from the game and the fighting Phillies went on to a 5 - 2 victory. Now - ON TO MILWAUKEE !!