Manny unfazed by buzzing from Myers
Dodgers slugger gets final word with three-run homer
PHILADELPHIA -- Of all the pitchers on the Phillies' staff, Brett Myers knows a little something about pitching to the ever-dangerous Manny Ramirez.The Los Angeles left fielder, despite tormenting pitchers around the National League for the last two months, came into Game 2 of the National League Championship Series hitting only .158 against Myers, Philly's starting pitcher.
So, when Ramirez stepped to the plate against Myers in the first inning Friday afternoon, Myers tried to pitch him up and in, the same way that has worked in the past.This one, however, was a little too far in. Myers' 1-0 offering ended up sailing behind Ramirez. That came one batter after Myers knocked Dodgers catcher Russell Martin to the ground with a pitch high and inside. "I tried to throw it too hard," Myers said of his pitch to Ramirez. "It slipped -- the balls were a little slippery. It kind of slipped out of my hand, but I was overthrowing to him and it got away from me." Ramirez had no visible reaction to the pitch. Myers eventually ran the count full and struck Ramirez out to end the first inning. As Myers made his way from the pitcher's mound to the Phils' dugout, he appeared to engage in a brief back-and-forth with Dodgers first-base coach Mariano Duncan, a former Phillies second baseman.
Manny Climbing the Charts
|With a three-run homer in Game 2 of the NLCS, the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez continued to gain in all-time postseason hitting numbers:|
|(Through five games)|
|All-time Postseason Leaders|
|1. Manny Ramirez||27|
|2. Bernie Williams||22|
|3t. Reggie Jackson||18|
|3t. Mickey Mantle||18|
|1. Bernie Williams||80|
|2. Manny Ramirez||71|
|3. David Justice||63|
|1. Bernie Williams||51|
|2t. Manny Ramirez||42|
|2t. Derek Jeter||42|
"'You're going to get somebody hurt out there,'" Myers recalled Duncan saying. "I was like, 'The ball slipped out of my hand.' I wasn't trying to hurt their best player. 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."After the game, Ramirez laughed off the notion that Myers may have been gunning for him. But the Dodgers' most dangerous hitter did manage to levy some revenge in the fourth inning. With two on and two out in the fourth, Myers served Ramirez a 1-1 fastball that the left fielder launched just over Citizens Bank Park's left-field fence to bring the Dodgers within three. Once he got back to the dugout, Ramirez approached the railing and appeared to yell something toward the field. Ramirez insisted, however, that he wasn't hurling any verbal aggression specifically at Myers. "I'm just screaming," he said, laughing. Ramirez added that he wasn't bothered by Myers' pitch that went behind him in the first, saying that he appreciates the right-hander's competitiveness. "He just wanted to prove a point," Ramirez said. "I want to have a guy like that on my team -- he'll go out there, battle."
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.