What slump? Swisher finally busts loose
After 4-for-36 start, switch-hitter's homer, double give Yankees a big lift in Game 3 win
PHILADELPHIA -- He found out the news from his manager Thursday afternoon in the clubhouse. Nick Swisher wouldn't play in Game 2 of the World Series, and it was what he called a "heartbreaking" decision.
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But Swisher didn't sulk or complain and accepted his benching. Perhaps the time off was helpful, because in his return to the starting lineup Saturday night, Swisher homered, doubled and scored two runs in the New York Yankees' 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The dormant Yankees offense, which scored only three earned runs in the first two games, came alive with home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui, helping New York go up two games to one in the World Series.As for Swisher, he finally emerged from his 4-for-36 playoff slump. "All the struggles kept piling on," he said. "It was rough, it was very difficult, but to get by that and have a game like tonight was extremely gratifying." His feelings were clear as soon as he entered the postgame interview room. Swisher had a flip camera and was filming his experience in the limelight. "I want to remember this," he said. Just how badly was Swisher slumping? If he had not had another at-bat this postseason, his .114 batting average entering Saturday night's game would have been the second-worst single-season average in Yankees postseason history (with a minimum of 25 plate appearances). Willie Randolph hit .097 in 1976.
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