While the late season magic from Jayson Werth adds to Game #5 on this list, Game #4 provided its fair share of magic. The deficit is bigger, and the Phillies are even more out of it than that September afternoon. With the Phillies sitting in second place, and falling fast, for the first time in over a season, and things looked worse after the Braves took two of three. With the All-Star break just days away, the Phillies needed to have a big series, and things had started well, as Brian Schneider hit a walk-off shot to win the first game of the four-game set, but with the second game playing in the favor of the Reds for most of the night, the magic finally appeared in the ninth, again.
The Reds had dominated the game for much of the night, and with the ninth inning starting, all hope had appeared lost. The Phillies were down 7-1, with just three more outs left. A one-out RBI single by Ryan Howard cut the lead to five, but it still seemed way too far out of reach. When Jayson Werth reached on a single, the chances weren’t any better. Mike Leake was still in the game, in search of a complete game. Greg Dobbs made sure he overstayed his welcome, blasting a three-run shot high off the foul pole in right. Leake was pulled for closer Francisco Cordero, but the comeback was not over. After Brian Schneider flied out to deep center, Ben Francisco worked a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Cody Ransom was still a fairly new member to the Phillies, but had yet to make a real mark on the team. He made a really big one here. Ransom homered just over the wall in right-center field to tie the game at seven and force extras. One inning later, Raul Ibanez doubled, and Ryan Howard ended the game promptly with a two-run, walk-off shot. The Phillies had just scored eight runs in the final two innings, six of them in the ninth, to win the game, 9-7.
This game was completely out of reach, and as the Phillies crept closer to a comeback, the hopes increased. When the dust settled, and the rally had been completed, it was another of the Phillies’ greatest in their recent history, and the Phillies had the emotional high they needed just shy of the All-Star break. Considering the Phillies had a second half surge that pushed them to their fourth straight Postseason, this win really sparked the emotion of a hurting team. This win may be the reason the injuries didn’t bring the team down, and propelled them to another division title, and it ranks fourth on our list of Games of the Year: 2010.