Friday, December 3, 2010

2010 Phillies Video Countdown, Night 3

If you've kept tabs here, you'd know that Hanukkah marks the annual countdown on PhoulBallz.com where we list the top Phillies videos of the year.

On this third night of Hanukkah, I bring you video #6 for 2010. Check out the media player below to have a look.



This video shows all the key turning points from the Reds vs. Phillies game on July 9th, 2010. I was in Lakewood on this night, covering the Phillies' Single A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws. The 'Claws rolled to a 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds with the rehabbing Carlos Ruiz leading the way, while the Phillies entered the bottom of the 9th inning trailing 7-1.

As the Baby Phils' clubhouse filled up following the final out in Lakewood, the attention in manager Mark Parent's office turned toward a Big Phillies comeback. First, an RBI hit by Ryan Howard plated Shane Victorino to get the Phils within 5 runs. Then it was a 3-run homer by Greg Dobbs that scored Howard and Jayson Werth to close the gap to 2 runs. With Ben Francisco on base, Cody Ranson came to the plate. Parent's office was filled with coaches, Ruiz, another player or two and a mild mannered media head, all focused on the television. "Cody has pop. He can put one out...," proclaimed roving field coordinator Mike Compton. Ranson did just that, off of Reds closer Francisco Cordero, who relieved starter Mike Leake following the Dobbs blast. As the Lakewood manager's office erupted with excitement, the locker room full of players joined and tuned two more television to the Phillies game.

A 1-2-3 top of the 10th by Ryan Madson led a quick path to the completion of the biggest Phillies comeback win on the season, as Ryan Howard, who started the rally, ended it by smacking a 2-run homer off All-star Arthur Rhodes, following a Raul Ibanez double. Lakewood would go on to have no fewer than 14 walk-off wins and 27 wins in their last turn at bat, during the 2010 season. It certainly can't hurt to have a parent club setting examples to never quit.

On a night when the Phillies' promotional schedule warned of such things, those in attendance likely got more fireworks than they bargained for.

Happy Hanukkah, all.

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