The 2009 Phillies had a 3-2 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. Then, suddenly, like a cool summer breeze, the 2007 Phillies took the hill.
Ryan Madson allowed the game-tying run — a bases-loaded walk after an unfortunate duo of lucky hits and an intentional walk — then Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker allowed a whole bunch more en route to a 8-3 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays.
It served the Phillies right. While the Jays squandered multiple big opportunities against Cole Hamels and JC Romero, the Phils offense didn’t do much. Chase Utley knocked in a run in the first (one of three hits), and Jayson Werth homered in the sixth, but the remainder of the night saw the Phils fooled by young left-hander Ricky Romero. Both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez struck out times. So while the Jays finally struck, the Phils were empty as a rusted gas can.
Hamels didn’t have luck on his side but was able to pitch out of some jams. In the sixth he loaded the bases via grounders Jimmy Rollins couldn’t handle, then wiggled out unscathed thanks to a pop up from Rod Barajas (three infield fly rules in the game), a strike out and a fly out. He finished giving up two runs in six frames.
But Toronto finally stuck the dagger, and the Phils bullpen was ambushed, as if Jose Mesa and Antonio Alfonseca were out there all over again.