The Phillies were three short outs away from entering a crucial three-game series with the Atlanta Braves with a two game lead in the division. Then, that late game, never-say-die group pulled off the rally that seemed to spark the final push to the division title.
The Phillies actually led in this one after five, with Brian Schneider and Jayson Werth contributing RBIs. But, the Nationals got a three-run shot from Mike Morse, and took the lead in the sixth, before tacking on runs in the seventh and eighth. With that, the game appeared to be over, and the Braves appeared to have life after winning that afternoon, giving them a chance to actually take the division lead back if they swept the Phillies in the upcoming series. That’s when the tables turned in this game. Placido Polanco started off the rally with a single, and when he moved to third on a Chase Utley double, the Phillies were in position for a comeback. Ryan Howard’s two-run single followed, and brought the winning run to the plate. Werth battled Drew Storen to a full count, then took him deep to center in a dramatic comeback win that kept the Phillies three games in front of the Braves, as they rallied for a 7-6 win.
With the season so close to ending, and every game having some sort of meaning, this win was one of the most exciting ones of the season. Sometimes the best wins are the ones that are most improbable, and on this afternoon, with the Braves already winners, there was a sense that the Phillies needed to look to tomorrow fast. It was a good thing they didn’t give up on today, and in doing that, all four batters that came to the plate scored to cap a huge rally. The Phillies had already pulled off two huge rallies that season, but in some ways, this one was their best. This was a game that the Phillies needed at the time, and once the rally was over, the Phillies would fall into a tie with the Braves at the worst following their crucial series. This win also jumpstarted a huge late September run that perhaps came too soon. With the way October went, the Phillies caught fire too soon, and that failed them in the end. But, this win was one of the exciting highlights in an amazing September, and that’s why it ranks fifth on the list of Games of the Year for 2010.