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Top 25 Moments 2010

Top Moment #13: Rollins Walks It Off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, February 04, 2011 08:26 PM Comments: 3

Jimmy Rollins spent significant time on the disabled list in 2010.  In just 88 games, Rollins finished with a disappointing .243 batting average.  But on June 23, Rollins was the hero.

Starters Kyle Kendrick and Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook each struggled, resulting in a game that went back and forth.  Kendrick had many troubles in 2010, and this game was no exception.

In the first inning, Shin-Soo Choo homered to put the Indians on the board.  Jayson Werth’s home run tied the game at two, but the Indians jumped back in front.  Raul Ibanez gave the Phillies the lead with a RBI double, but Choo struck again with another blast.  In the seventh inning, Brian Schnieder’s clutch home run tied the game at five.

In the ninth inning, the Indians threatened against J.C Romero.  With a runner on third, Rollins made a fantastic diving stop, but failed to make the throw home, resulting in an error.  The Indians took the lead, but Rollins made up for his mistake.

With a runner on base, Rollins cranked a drive just inside the right field foul pole.  The exciting 7-6 victory came in dramatic fashion, one of several walk-offs in the 2010 season.  Rollins’ first career walk-off home run came in his second day back from the disabled list.  At the time, it was not only a big win, but hope that Rollins would begin a hot streak.

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Top Moment #25: Lidge Blows it, Votto Ties it, Howard Saves it

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, January 05, 2011 09:40 AM Comments: 15

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Top 25 Moments of 2010, as voted on by the staff of this fine blog. Amanda Orr spent countless hours calculating, tabulating, and anticipating – so, please enjoy.

Comebacks used to be part of the very fabric of this Phillies club. Countless times during this incredible run, they’d leave you hanging for eight-or-so innings then flip the script and send you home happy. This one reminded us of the old times – and in more ways than one.

The first reminder was the long ball. It used to be that anyone in this Phillies order could home at any time. None other than Brian Schnieder and Wilson Valdez would help us relive old memories. Both hit three-run homers early in the game to give the Phils a cozy 6-3 lead on June 29 in Cincinnati.

Prior to the game, both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco were sent to the disabled list; Utley with a torn thumb ligament, Polanco with a nagging elbow injury that would haunt him all season. Valdez would be called on to anchor the infield defensively. In this one, he added some O.

Next up were the shortcomings of Brad Lidge. No longer “Lights Out” – he hadn’t been for some time – Lidge was still in the process of rounding into form following trips to the DL to start the season.

With two outs in the ninth he unraveled, as he had so many times the previous year. Joey Votto eyed a hanging slider and crushed it as if it were on a tee to tie the game at six.

“No f—ing way,” Lidge would whisper to himself, as you can clearly see on the replay. Yes f—ing way, Brad.

Luckily for the struggling closer, the final phase of the game was reminiscent of the best times the Phillies have produced. It consisted of instant offense and the team’s innate ability to surprise you at any moment. At first, however, it didn’t seem possible.

Not with old reliable on the hill, lefty Arthur Rhodes. He’d put together an impressive streak of 33 straight appearances without a run. Needless to say, that streak ended there.

Ryan Howard doubled to begin the inning, two batters later Raul Ibanez did the same to bring him home, and just like that the momentum of the game shifted poles once more. To follow, Ben Francisco would single home a run, and Valdez would squeeze home Ibanez for a 9-6 lead. J.C. Romero closed it in the bottom of the 10th.

Just like old times: a big lead made possible by the long ball, a blown save by Lidge, and a ridiculous comeback that looked impossible. Call that Phillies baseball.

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