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Phillies Take 2-0 Lead In NLCS

The Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 tonight at Citizens Bank Park, 8-5. They lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0. Two more wins and the Phillies are in the World Series.

Phillies Take 2-0 Lead In NLCS

Phillies starting pitcher Brett Myers helps his own cause with a 2-RBI single in the third inning of game two against the Dodgers. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
Phillies starting pitcher Brett Myers helps his own cause with a 2-RBI single in the third inning of game two against the Dodgers. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

The Phillies need just two more victories to reach their first World Series since 1993.

Feeling it yet?

Here is some of what Phillies righthander Brett Myers said after the game:

Q. We couldn't tell the sequence whether we were watching tapes or not, but was there almost -- after the third one and you were on base, was there almost like a surreal feeling to the whole thing?
BRETT MYERS: No, I actually looked in the dugout and shrugged my shoulders like I don't know what's going on. I would have rather gone out there and thrown seven solid innings and get three hits, but it worked out for us to where those three runs I drove in made a big difference in the game.

Q. Can you talk about the at-bat with Manny there, kind of what happened?
BRETT MYERS: I made a good pitch on him. I mean, I looked at it several times. I'm not going to be the guy to make excuses. If I make a semi good pitch, I felt like I made a good pitch. We had been pounding him in all series. I threw a pitch that was up and in and off the plate. And he's a good hitter. He makes adjustments. And he was able to do it. So it sounded like he got jammed a little bit, but it's one of those things.

Q. Was there a little bit of a "win one for the Gipper" mentality for Charlie today?
BRETT MYERS: Yes, I went up to him 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.

Q. And what happened, the pitch to Manny in the first inning, went behind his back? It looked like in the dugout you were talking --
BRETT MYERS: It's Manny Ramirez. I'm going to try to throw at 100, especially in this kind of atmosphere. The whole thing for me was where I've had success was throwing him up and in. And in his third at-bat he finally got the one. So I tried to throw it too hard. It slipped -- the balls were a little slippery kind of slipped out of my hand but I was overthrowing to him and it got away from me. The first one I was trying to go up and in on him, maybe get him away. I wanted to show him two in there so I could get him out away later.

Q. Looked like you were talking to somebody about the grip on the way off the field. Was that the ump or not?
BRETT MYERS: Mariano Duncan said you're going to get somebody hurt out here. I was like, The ball slipped out of my hand. I wasn't trying to hurt their best player. Because, in hindsight, if I hit their best player, they're going to hit one of our best players. I don't want to get one of our players hurt.
So I was just trying to basically trying to overpower him there and the ball got away from me. So I'm definitely not trying to hurt anybody out there. But I definitely need to pitch inside to be successful.

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