Myers pitches in with lengthy at-bats
Phillies right-hander helps run up Sabathia's pitch count
PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Myers was quick to point out Thursday that he gets paid to pitch -- not to hit.Could have fooled CC Sabathia.
Myers, despite coming into Thursday's game with a .116 lifetime batting average, came through in one of the most crucial at-bats of the Phillies' 5-2 win over the Brewers that gave Philly a 2-0 edge in the series.It wasn't that Myers hit the cover off the ball. No, his second-inning at-bat can best be described as a chess match against one of the most dominant pitchers in the game, while the largest crowd in Citizens Bank Park history -- 46,208 towel-waving fans -- screamed at the tops of their lungs the entire time. Myers scraped, clawed and fouled off pitch after pitch, eventually drawing a two-out walk that would set the stage for Shane Victorino's game-changing grand slam. "I know I'm a terrible hitter," Myers said, "but I really can't explain it. It was like one of those freakish things that I was able to lay off some good pitches that he made and extend his pitch count." That was exactly what the Phillies were aiming to do Thursday. They were well aware that the seemingly invincible Sabathia was pitching on three days' rest for the fourth start in a row. The antidote to slowing down the towering left-hander, they reasoned, was to be patient, making him throw as many pitches as possible. In the second inning, the stage was set for a Phillies rally when Pedro Feliz lined a double to left field, scoring Jayson Werth to tie the game. Carlos Ruiz, however, followed with a groundout to first. With Myers coming to the plate, it may have looked like any chances of a Philadelphia rally were about to fizzle.
Myers' at-bats vs. CC
|Second inning||Fourth inning|
|1. Swinging strike||1. Called strike|
|2. Swinging strike||2. Called strike|
|3. Ball||3. Ball|
|4. Foul ball||4. Foul ball|
|5. Ball in dirt||5. Foul ball|
|6. Foul ball||6. Ball|
|7. Ball in dirt||7. Foul ball|
|8. Foul ball||8. Foul ball|
|9. Ball four||9. Ball|
|10. Flyout to center|
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.