Phillies Head To L.A. With 2-0 Lead in NLCS

Brett Myers handled the Phillies offense and the Phillies bullpen handled the Dodgers offense as the Phillies swept the first two games of the NLCS in Philadelphia. Now, the series shifts to Dodger Stadium.

While Brett Myers didn't exactly have a strong outing for the Phillies, it wasn't easy to tell since his hitting took the focus off of the hits that he was giving up. Myers went 3-for-3 with three RBI in Game Two of the NLDS, as the Phillies beat the Dodgers 8-5 to take a two-game-to-none lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Phillies offense exploded for back-to-back four run innings in the second and third innings, batting around in each inning. Myers contributed an RBI single in the second and a two-run single in the third.

Shane Victorino contributed with a two-run triple in the third inning after driving in Myers and Jimmy Rollins with an RBI single as part of the Phillies second inning rally.

On the mound, Myers struggled, giving up five runs in five innings of work. Myers was in the middle of a mini-feud with the Dodgers Manny Ramirez after he threw a pitch behind Ramirez in the top of the first inning. Ramirez exacted his revenge when he delivered a three-run home run into the left field flower bed to cut the Phillies lead to 8-5 in the top of the fourth.

Shane Victorino makes a potentially game-saving catch on a long fly ball off the bat of Casey Blake. The Phillies held a three-run lead, but the Dodgers had two men on with two outs when Blake blasted his shot to center. (Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Dodgers fourth inning rally started with two outs and a strikeout-wild pitch to Rafael Furcal. Myers then gave up a base hit to Russel Martin just ahead of Ramirez' blast.

The Dodgers also had an uprising in the seventh when they put runners on first and third with two out. Casey Blake then hit a long fly ball to deep center field, but Victorino was able to chase down the ball and make a leaping grab against the fence to end the inning.

The Phillies bullpen contributed four innings of shutout ball, with Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge all contributing. Madson pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two. Lidge walked two hitters in the ninth, but rebounded to strike out the side and record his second save in as many NLCS games.

The two teams will take Saturday off before playing Game Three at Dodger Stadium Sunday night. Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71) will be opposed by Hiroki Kuroda (9-10, 3.73) for the Dodgers.

Philly notebook: Condolences go out to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who found out Friday morning that his 87 year old mother June had passed away. Manuel made the decision to stay with the team for Friday's game. Once funeral arrangements are made, Manuel will decide on whether or not he'll stay with the club when they travel to Los Angeles. If he does take time off, Jimy Williams will take over as the club's manager temporarily.

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