We’re taking a short break in Games of the Year to look at the games that just missed the cut. These games rank 11th to 16th and are the honorable mentions for Games of the Year: 2010.
11. Pitcher’s Duel in Philly
With Roy Halladay battling Travis Wood, a game with no score was also part of a pursuit of history. Wood entered the ninth inning with a perfect game, only to have it broken up by a leadoff double from Carlos Ruiz. Halladay and Wood each finished with nine shutout innings, but took no decisions, and it wasn’t until the eleventh that Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single gave the Phillies their third straight walk-off win.
12. Phils Take Division Lead Back With Late Rally
A big fifth inning put the Phillies in front, and a strong seven added to the lead, but when the Marlins rallied for three runs in the eighth, the Phillies looked in danger of losing a crucial ballgame. Placido Polanco’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth gave the Phillies the lead back, and Ryan Madson recovered from a rough eighth in the ninth to put the Phillies back in first place in the NL East for the first time since May.
13. Rollins Returns with Walk-off Shot
Another classic battle had the Phillies on the verge of a loss. After fighting back from a deficit in the seventh with a game-tying solo shot by Brian Schneider, the Indians took the lead back in the top of the ninth. That’s when Jimmy Rollins stepped up as the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, fresh off the DL, and blasted a two-run, walk-off shot to right, giving the Phillies the 7-6 win.
14. Oswalt, Bullpen 1-hit Braves for Sweep
Roy Oswalt had battled through seven innings and allowed just one hit, but had no offense. It wasn’t until the eighth, when Raul Ibanez’ clutch two-out RBI double plated the first run of the game, and the bullpen finished off a one-hit shutout of the Braves, and the Phillies had swept the Braves to take a commanding lead in the division.
15. Schneider Slams Walk-off Shot
It was a very unsound game from the Phillies, and when the Phillies found some answer the Reds rally in the eighth with a sac fly, there was a feeling the game had to be won there. It wasn’t, and Brad Lidge blew the save allowing an RBI double to Miguel Cairo. But, in the twelfth, Brian Schneider connected on a solo shot to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.
16. Rally by the Bay
The Phillies had played a terrible game entering the ninth, and were on their way to being swept by the Giants. But, a huge three-run double by Jayson Werth tied the game, and forced it to extras. The Phillies picked up some clutch hits in extras, and took advantage of Giants’ mistakes, plus some key plays in the field, to eventually win the game 7-6 in 11.