Sam Donnellon: Myers is suddenly a terror at the plate for Phillies

SO, WHAT was your Myers moment yesterday?

The Bull Durham pitch that flew 2 feet behind Manny Ramirez in the first inning?

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Brett Myers, who had three hits, is greeted by Ryan Howard after scoring a run.

The first-to-third he ran after driving his first of three runs in the second inning?

The two-out, two-run rip down the first-base line in the third inning that expanded the Phillies lead to 6-2?

Running from first to home on Shane Victorino's triple later that inning?

The swinging bunt single in the fourth?

"I actually looked in the dugout and shrugged my shoulders after that," Myers said after the Phillies' 8-5 victory last night against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.

"Like, 'I don't know what's going on.' "

You? How about us? How about the 45,883 at Citizens Bank Park who went into high-octane party mode after Victorino's two-run triple forced you to chug all the way around the bases and upped the Phillies' lead to 8-2?

Those people, every festive one of them, paid for your toils in human emotion from there on in. So did your teammates, who laughed right along with everyone out there - at first.

"I got the biggest kick out of the 90-degree turn at second base," Jayson Werth said. "Most guys get a little circle working there. He ran directly to second, stopped on a dime, made a left turn and then went to third."

Myers arrived hopping. He twisted his right ankle on the play. And although he said it didn't bother him until he was through, the truth is it got pretty messy for him after that. He faced seven batters in the third and gave back a run. Staked to that 8-2 lead, he surrendered a three-run bomb to Ramirez in the fourth, the Dodgers leftfielder holding his fist in defiance at a crowd that grew silent - and stayed that way through the nerve-racking innings that followed.

"That three-run home run certainly put us in the position to scare somebody," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.

A lot of somebodies, Joe.

And when the Phillies left the bases loaded in the third, and loaded the bases in the fourth and did not score - if you listened hard enough, you could hear the air suction out in the stands.

And in the dugout.

For one old Phillie, there was even some unwanted déjà vu.

Oct. 20, 1993. Game 4, World Series. The Phillies led, 6-3, after two innings, and 12-7 after five. They lost, 15-14, when the Blue Jays scored six runs in the eighth inning, falling behind in the series, 3-1 - the heartbreak that preceded and precipitated Joe Carter.

"When Manny hit that home run, you bet I thought about it," said Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson, who was on that 1993 team.

Toronto starter Todd Stottlemyre was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple that day, bloodying his chin on one of the worst slides in baseball history. Taunted by Mayor Ed Rendell before the game, Stottlemyre provided great comic relief that night - but it was only two innings' worth.

Myers scuffled his way through five innings, then left it in the hands of the bullpen. And they were good - scary good sometimes, but good - again. "Me being on the bases three times tonight and going from first to third and then going from first to home . . . I mean, you kid of get a little fatigued."

He threw a game's worth of pitches, 102 in all, allowing six hits, walking four, and struck out six. It wasn't his best outing, but he gave us everything he had on the mound and more than anyone could have imagined at the plate and on the bases.

On Wednesday, Myers brought his bat into the pregame interview and kiddingly asked who wanted to talk about his hitting. Despite having only four hits throughout this rocky regular season of his, he had singled during a rally in the second game of the Division Series with Milwaukee.

He broke that bat with that second hit yesterday, the one that screamed down the first-base line. This time, though, in the same interview room, Myers grew uncharacteristically serious for a moment when peppered with bat questions.

"I'm actually baffled about what's going on," he said.

That, we've heard before. A lot from April to July, a time when Brett Myers had no explanations and no results.

That's not the case now. It might be a little loopy out there at times, a little scary at times, too, but he's giving his team a chance to win.

No matter how he goes about it.

"I mean, I just can't explain it," he said. "But I'd much rather have gone 0-3 with three punchouts and pitched seven innings."

Yeah, well, OK.

But think of all the fun you would have missed.