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The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

Atlanta's Martin Prado and Dan Uggla sit in the dugout after their loss to the Phillies cemented one of the biggest collapses in baseball history. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

How do you recap such an incredible night of baseball?

Records, drama, comebacks, chokes. It’s all a part of what makes the game of baseball special, and that all happened in one night.

Atlanta, GA: The Philadelphia Phillies trail the Braves, 3-2, in the top of the 9th. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was three strikes away from guaranteeing at least one more game of Braves baseball. The first batter, Placido Polanco, ripped a lead off single into right field. Two batters later, Ben Francisco and Jimmy Rollins worked back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out. Chase Utley followed with a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Pete Orr and tie the game…

Houston, TX: The Cardinals just blew out the Houston Astros, 8-0, to win their 90th game of the season, putting them 1/2 a game ahead of the Braves for the NL Wild Card. Sitting in their clubhouse, they anxiously waited for the Phils and Braves to end…

Atlanta: In the 13th inning, Hunter Pence drove in Brian Schneider to give the Phils a 4-3 lead. They would go on to win a franchise record 102 wins and give Charlie Manuel a franchise record 646th win. It completed the Braves miserable choke. The Cardinals were in, the Braves were shut out.

Tampa Bay, FL: Down 7-0, all that was on the Rays minds were to pray the Red Sox could not beat the Orioles. But new life was breathed into the Rays. In the 8th inning, the Rays loaded the bases before a walk and hit batsman made it a 7-2 game. B.J. Upton followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-3 and Evan Longoria’s three-run homer all of a sudden made it a 7-6 game. In the bottom of the 9th, Dan Johnson hit a two-out solo shot to tie the game. The drama continued…

Baltimore, MD: Boston was up 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th. Surely Jonathan Papelbon, still one of the game’s iciest closers, would hold on. Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds were both rung up for two quick outs. And then it happened. Chris Davis and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game. Three pitches later and Robert Andino put the fate of the Sox on the New York Yankees…

Tampa Bay: Bottom of the 12th and Longoria at the dish. Only minutes prior did Andino end the game for the O’s and putting the Rays half a game in the Wild Card lead. After Upton struck out, Longoria stepped into the batter’s box to face Scott Proctor. With the count 2-2, Longoria sent Proctor’s 95 MPH fastball into the left field bleachers and the Rays into the post season.

The greatest night of baseball had concluded. Bring on October. It’s only gonna get better, folks.

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One response to “The greatest night of baseball: Phils, Manuel set franchise records

  1. Chris Ross September 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I can’t tell you how much I loved seeing this Boston collapse <3

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