End of Days: The 38 Most Memorable Games From 2007 to 2011


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Since it appears that the Phillies will sit at home in October, effectively ending the greatest era in team history, I’ve tasked Papa CB – lifelong Phils fan, J-Roll™ apologist – with ranking the 30 most memorable games from 2007-2011. He came up with 38.

We will roll his list out over the coming days and weeks. Here’s 38-31.


 
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38) October 10, 2008     

Game 2 NLCS

Brett Myers—Silver Slugger?

Phils 8, Dodgers 5      

Brett Myers got a RBI single in an important game against the Brewers in September.   He followed that up with a classic nine-pitch walk off of CC Sabathia in Game 2 the NLDS. By the time his turn came to start Game 2 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, Myers thought he was Tony Gwynn.  He only pitched for five innings, but that was enough for him to stroke three hits.  

In the second inning, he drove in Carlos Ruiz. In the third, his two-run single scored Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs.  

Myers became the first pitcher to record three hits in LCS history.  He also became the first pitcher since 1919 with three hits and three RBIs in a postseason game. And his wife survived the whole thing.

 

37) July 26, 2011    

Utley’s inside-the-park home run

Phils 7, Giants 2

Chase Utley hits a center field inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning, allowing Kyle to cross one of two items off his bucket list. The other? A bench-clearing brawl.

I raised him right. I think.

 

36) May 12, 2009     

Jayson Werth steals home

Phils 5, Dodgers 3

Back in the sixties, people told Wilt Chamberlain that he was one too one-dimensional and not a team player. To prove them wrong, he became an assist machine and led the league in that category. I’m guessing something similar was said to Jayson Werth before the May 12 game. Maybe J-Roll™ or Victo were saying he was too slow. Maybe Davey Lopes challenged him to steal more bases. Maybe Werth spent the afternoon watching Forrest Gump. Whatever happened, in the game, Werth became the first Phillie since Gary Maddox in 1978 to steal four bases in a game. In the seventh inning, after he singled, Werth stole second, third, and then HOME on a throw back to the pitcher. 

 

35) April 1, 2011      

Opening Day walk-off win

Phils 5, Astros 4

Phils win in the bottom of the ninth with six singles to erase a 4-2 deficit on Opening Day.  John Mayberry in his first Major League opener drives in Ben Francisco for the come-from-behind win. Myers, pitching for the Astros, only allows three Phillies hits thru seven innings.  

Unbelievably, no Phillie strikes out in this game for only the second time since 2001.

 

34) October 7, 2009     

Game 1 NLDS

Lee and Ibanez star

Phils 5, Rockies 1

In his first playoff game, Cliff Lee throws a six-hit complete game and only allows a run in the ninth. Kyle seemed oddly turned on. Raul Ibanez, in his first playoff game in nine years, goes 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Werth triples and scores two runs. 

 

33) October 1, 2011  

Game 1 NLDS

Doc opens the playoffs with another win

Phils 11, Cards 6    

The Cardinals greet Roy Halladay with a leadoff single in the first inning. After a walk to Albert Pujols, Halladay serves a three-run home run pitch to Lance Berkman. This is the first three-run homer that Doc allows since 2008. In the second inning, Skip Schumaker leads off with a single, then Doc sets down the next 21 in a row. To put that into perspective, in Doc’s 2010 no-hitter against the Reds, he never retired 21 in a row.

The Cards hold a 3-1 lead until the Phils erupt for five runs in the sixth on home runs by Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez.

 

LOSSES. Despite an unbelievable five years atop the NL East, the Phillies did, however, have many losses. Some are unforgettable, some are painful. This list focuses on the memorable wins. We will not count the most memorable, painful wounds – still – raw losses: The Johnny Fucking Damon World series game, or the unforgettable debacle that was the Phils’ 1-0 defeat to the back-from-the-dead St. Louis Cardinals which left Ryan Howard sprawled on the ground clutching his Achilles loss (worst loss to witness since the 1993 15-14 World Series game). They will not be reviewed here. However, we will review three regular season losses that are worth mentioning and probably won’t cause anyone to jump off a bridge. One featured an astonishing baseball effort. One featured a baseball oddity with a pitcher playing the outfield. Another was not so astonishing and had nothing to do with the game itself.

 
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32) August 24, 2010    

Oswalt plays Left Field in 16-inning marathon

Phils 2, Astros 4   

A two out home run by Jimmy Rollins ties the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the ninth.  After Ryan Howard gets tossed for throwing equipment at the end of the fourteenth, causing a shortage of bench players, Charlie Manual is forced to insert Roy Oswalt as the Phils’ left fielder. Houston batter Castro leads off the fifteenth by hitting a fly ball to, you guessed it, left field. Roy makes the play, smiles, but the Phils will lose the game in the sixteenth with the last batter being, you guessed it again, Roy Oswalt.

 

31) September 28, 2011  

Phils Set Franchise Record with their 102nd win

Phils 4, Braves 3

This was a fantastic day for Major League Baseball, as games in Baltimore, Tampa, Houston, and Atlanta all had a direct impact on who went to the postseason.   

The Phils are losing 3-2 in the top of the ninth when Chase Utley hits a Sacrifice Fly that scores Pete Orr. A Hunter Pence single in the thirteenth clinches the Phils’ 102nd win. Unbelievable, but Phillies pitchers hold the Braves scoreless for 10 innings in a game that Atlanta must-win to advance. The Phils finish the season with a 13-game lead over the second place Braves, enabling Charlie Manuel to become the all-time winningest Phillies manager, with 646 Wins, and for his team to finish with the best record in the Major Leagues for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, with the win, the Braves are knocked out of the playoffs and the Phils allow the red-hot Cardinals to enter the playoffs.

They went on to win the World Series.

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14 Responses

  1. I agree with Nick. This “End of Days” schtick has not only gotten old, but stupid as well. Yo, Kyle, you’re making it sound like the Phillies had been sold to Arab oil sheiks and will be playing their home games next season in Saudi Arabia. What happened this season was a blip, an abnormality, he’ll, even the mighty Yankees failed to make the playoffs. Enough already!

  2. You heard it here first… Phillies go 24 – 10 the rest of the way, finish 85 – 77 and make the playoffs as the second wild card team. From there, anything is possible… just ask the ’11 Cardinals.

  3. My only hope is that Kyle is using a “reverse jinx” here by saying the phillies season is over. In actuality, they are very very much alive. i think there are 34 games left, they have to win 26 of them to win 87 games. that is a tall order, that said 16 of these games are against the astros, mets, marlins and rockies. stranger things have happened

  4. yea what he said they look great right now, and Id say missing the playoffs one year isnt the end of an era when you still have all the pitching and the big 3 of Howard Rollins and utley. silly Kyle.

  5. Are we expected to believe your dad wrote these “witty” comments about you, elbow to ribs, wink, nudge, gafaw….nyuck nyuck nyuck? For realsies?

  6. I’m still pissed about Doc’s no-no against the Reds. It should have a perfect game. He had Bruce struck out looking in the 5th (I think that’s right) but the ump blew the call and called the pitch a ball. Doc ended up walking Bruce, for the only base runner.

  7. Someone just said Big 3 of Howard Rollins and Utley.
    Lets address these one at a time shall we?
    Howard – past his prime, ineffective, swings at bad pitches,not half the threat he used to be.
    Utley – no knees, speed is lesser, cant play a full season let alone 100 games, also past his prime. again not half the threat he used to be.
    Rollins – …….hahahahahaha this guy said rollins. when your lead off man hits .244 youve got trouble. the guy would be better off going to the plate with a wet towel.

  8. I don’t think Rollins would do very well if he went to the plate with a wet towel. There’s not enough rigity to really move a ball that’s coming at you that fast.

  9. Oh, and one more thing…
    If the Phils HAD “been sold to Arab oil sheiks”, they might actually do pretty well. They could probably triple their payroll, at least!

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