World Series Game 2 tidbits
Myers again struggles early, while Rays look to buck history
Rough start for Myers: The first inning has been tough for Brett Myers all season. During the regular season, the Phils' right-hander allowed more hits, runs, home runs and walks in the first inning than in any other frame. Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series was no exception. Myers allowed the Rays' first two hitters to reach base -- Akinori Iwamura walked and B.J. Upton singled and moved to second on an error -- and score in a 4-2 Tampa Bay win.
Fit to be tied: Tampa Bay evened the series with Thursday night's win. It is the fifth time since 1995 that a series has been even at 1. Of those previous four, the 2002 Angels were the only team to go on to win the World Series after tying it up at 1 with a Game 2 victory.
Left stranded: The Phils are now 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position in the Series -- a record-setting 0-for-13 Wednesday night and 1-for-15 Thursday. Philadelphia stranded 11 baserunners Thursday night and has now stranded 22 runners in the first two games.
Price wastes no time: When Rays reliever David Price entered Thursday's game in the seventh inning, he became the quickest overall top pick in the First-Year Player Draft to play in the World Series. Price was the top pick by Tampa Bay in the 2007 Draft. The Braves' Chipper Jones, drafted in 1990, was previously the quickest player to reach the Series, making it there with Atlanta in 1995.
... and knows how to finish: Price pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Rays Thursday night, the longest relief outing to finish up a World Series win since the Indians' Brian Anderson earned a three-inning save in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series.
In a pinch: Eric Bruntlett's solo homer in the eighth was the first pinch-hit home run by a Phillies player in the World Series.
DH blues: The Phils' designated hitters are a combined 1-for-7 in the first two games of the World Series. Chris Coste went 0-for-4 in Game 1 and Greg Dobbs finished 1-for-3 in Game 2.
Stars struggling: Two of the Phillies' marquee hitters -- shortstop Jimmy Rollins and left fielder Pat Burrell -- remain hitless in the World Series. Rollins is 0-for-10 and Burrell is 0-for-6.
Bullpen comparison: The Phillies' bullpen has not allowed a run in three innings so far in the World Series. The Rays' bullpen has allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.