The Phillies may have found their swagger. Tonight’s game was one of those games that changes a season and the Phillies breaking out of their funk could possibly start tonight. After erasing a six-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Howard hit a two-run bomb to left-center in the bottom of the 10th to win it for the Phillies, 9-7, over the Reds.
With the score 7-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies started their uphill climb with a lead-off double by Shane Victorino. Then with one out and him on third, Howard singled him home to make it 7-2. After a Jayson Werth single, Greg Dobbs hit a three-run home run off the rightfield foul pole to make it a 7-5 game.
Dobbs’ home run ended starter Mike Leake’s night, who was fantastic in the first eight innings before the colossal melt down. Francisco Cordero came and did not fair any better. To make a long story short, he put a runner on and got an out before Cody Ransom tied the game with a two-run homer.
After a 1-2-3 inning for Ryan Madson in the top of the 10th. With Arthur Rhodes on the hill for the Reds, Raul Ibanez led-off with a double down the first-base line. Howard was up next and he golfed Rhodes’ offering into the flowers in left-center to win the game for the Phillies.
Ibanez and Howard each had three hits for the Phillies with the latter driving in three runs, all of them in the last two innings. Dobbs also drove in three runs and Werth had a pair of hits. Johnny Gomes hit a three-run homer in the first inning off of Joe Blanton.
This is how huge that win for the Phillies was. According to Crashburn Alley’s Twitter, “the Phillies had a 0.5% chance to win entering the bottom of the ninth, per FanGraphs (and) 5% after Dobbs’ HR.
2B: Ibanez 2 (18), Victorino (12). HR: Dobbs (3), Ransom (1), Howard (17).
WP: Madson (2-0). LP: Rhodes (3-3).
Our very own Dan MacNeal, who is fluent in Spanish, was watching the Phillies game in Spanish and kindly got video footage of our friends from south of the border reacting to Howard’s monster blast: