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Grandest Game: Howard, Ibanez, Win

“There’s a new hero in town.”


Down four in the eighth, the Phillies needed a miracle. A few hits and walks later, and the Phils had the bases loaded for Raul Ibanez.


Ibanez’s grand slam won it, 13-11. Ryan Howard hit a grand slam before that to tie the game at 6-6. This despite the Phils pitching giving up home run after mammoth home run. The ball positively flew out of Citizens Bank Park. This, my friends, was a game for the ages. And at this point, nobody can ever count the Phillies out of any game. These guys can win anything.

The best moment came after Ibanez’s shot, when fans bowed in appreciation, unworthy of the newest Phillie’s talents. Ibanez has accomplished what took Pat Burrell eight years to do, and that is pretty amazing.

The numbers: Ibanez went 3-for-5 with a home run, double, two runs and four RBI. Howard went 1-for-3, but walked twice and hit the other granny. Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 and scored twice. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley each collected two hits.

Pitching wasn’t great for the most part. Joe Blanton allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 4.1 innings, and Scott Eyre couldn’t buy an out, giving up four runs in the process. But Clay Condrey (1.1 IP, 0 ER), Jack Taschner (1.1 IP, 1 ER), JA Happ (1 IP, 0 ER, W) and Ryan Madson (1 IP, 0 ER, SV) did the job. Happ was poised despite being handed Eyre’s mess, while Madson’s fastball blazed into the zone in the high-90s; when the Phils need a backup closer (like tonight), Madson truly does the trick. Ultimately, the bullpen’s ability to close it out won the game.

But really, it was “Ribbie,” the new hero in town.

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  1. Greg V.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Ibanez is the ballplayer’s ballplayer! We have one of the greats on this team!

  2. EricTheCleric

    April 27, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Cannot believe I opted out of going to this game in favor of tomorrow’s bobble head giveaway.

    Worst decision ever.

    Although, Raul is on my fantasy team. Though, so is Zimmerman.

  3. Tim Malcolm

    April 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    In talking to family/friends after the game, I’ve decided this team can win any game. No matter what. This is incredible.

  4. Mike

    April 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm


    Seriously, the dude is tearing it up this April.

  5. Tim Malcolm

    April 27, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Lidge has inflammation in his knee. Day to day. That’s why he was unavailable tonight.

  6. NEPA

    April 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    This game really made me miss Kalas. I can’t even imagine how great that Grand Slam call would’ve been. What a game.

  7. Radio

    April 27, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    WOW! Unbelievable. 2 slams is unheard of and completely awesome. Once the pitching comes around, we’ll be REALLY dangerous. No deficit is insurmountable. This was was SWEET!

  8. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Amazing! That was a dog dirt terrible pitching performance until the last few innings. However, the offense STILL kept on coming back and coming back with monster clutch hits. Two slams in one game!!! Raul Ibanez is on fire, what a great player in the clutch. Oh, and Ryan Madson was throwing some high cheese in there. WOW!

  9. Jason B.

    April 27, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Wow. It’s silly to think that Ibanez will continue this torrid pace, however, even if he does slow up, we see that he can get runners over, he can come through in the clutch, and so far, covers way more ground than Burrell. He is a contact hitter with a nice bit of power. I have been touting this dude since he got here, but I never thought that he would have the possibility of being an all star. He will be an all star.

  10. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Ibanez shall def. be an all star. Utley, Howard, and Ibanez!

  11. Jason B.

    April 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Keith… just on name recognition, Rollins may get voted in from fans too. Won;t deserve it, but it’s possible that the Phils have 4 maybe 5 all stars.

  12. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Harry wouldve had a great call, that is true. McCarthy does a nice job though, hes just a different type of announcer. Kalas is old school original. McCarthy is more new age, but still effective.

  13. Geoff

    April 27, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Heres the thing about Harry though, I already know in my head what his call would sound like. Thats how special he was. His voice will never leave your mind.

  14. Keith

    April 27, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    well Rollins might deserve it by the time of the game, we’ll see . . .

  15. Jamie

    April 27, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Lost in all of this was that they did an incredible job of getting RISP in tonight and not leaving them on base. That’s a good sign. 6-11 with only 6 LOB.

  16. NEPA

    April 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Same for me Geoff. I was forced to watch the game on mute because I was at the library, and when he hit it I immediately thought “long drive.”

  17. Greg B

    April 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    We should all stop with the Ibanez/Burrell comparisons. Its obviously easy to do given the situation, but they are two different players. There’s too much “oh, Burrell wouldn’t have done that” in my opinion. Ibanez has been great, but lets not forget the Holy Diver’s irreplaceable contributions to get that elusive WS ring.

    I thought Franzke and Larry’s call was pretty good. They were so excited they could barely describe it.

    Whatta W., but I’m starting to worry about the pitching. Almost a month in and we’re pushing a 6 team ERA. We’ve yet to hold the Nats to less than 8 runs in three games. Here’s hoping for a big start from Hamels to cool down those Washington bats.

  18. Georgie

    April 27, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Not to be a party pooper, but I would love to see a couple of pitching duels once in a while, homeruns are a dime a dozen in today’s game. What has happened to the fine art of pitching? Is it the smaller parks? Are the hitters better? Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled the offense is on fire, but I wish we didn’t always need to score runs in double digits.

  19. Phillin' 'er up!

    April 27, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Wow. Talk about comeback kids. Everyone should now walk into the park with their rally caps already on.

  20. ryan

    April 28, 2009 at 12:00 am

    i think the fans can officially get fully on board with Raul right now. if we had pat out there instead of Raul this year we’d probably have about 4 less wins than we do.

  21. Ryan

    April 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Homeruns arent dime a dozen as you think…Last year was one of the lowest output of homeruns in a long time…Not 1 50 Homer guy…and only like 2 or 3 with 40….Phillies are an offense first team and the pitching will come around if the offense carries them out of their pitching slump

  22. Bruce

    April 28, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Georgie, it’s all of the above. Not to take anything away from yet another thrilling come from behind win (9th time they accomplished it), but it also helps to have an opponent like the hapless Nats. 😉

    Also one could say the quality of pitching is spread so thin among 30 MLB teams. In the last 50 years of expansion, a total of 14 teams have been added. The last expansion came in 1998 with two new additions: Arizona in the NL and Tampa Bay in the AL. However, the one crucial factor that has been noted by several baseball historians, is when MLB voted in 1968 to lower the pitching mound from 16 inches to 10 inches. Prior to 1968, pitchers in general had the upper hand with low ERA’s and runs allowed. All that changed after 1968. Soon it became evident as MLB kingdom had hoped when runs and batting averages significantly rose to levels that have not been seen for decades. And of course, it helped boost attendance in many parks.

    It’s late and I’m cutting short the history lesson. 🙂

  23. beta sigma shag

    April 28, 2009 at 12:43 am

    finally JRoll had a good offensive game maybe he will pull out of his slump, a bloop double can do that some times, patiants at the plate and timly hitting by the lead off guy nice to see, and Pete Happy with some nice at bats coming off the bench on his bithday. And of course the big guy and Raul being clutch was awsome. Lets just hope we don’t need 13 runs all series, a nice 5 2 win tomarrow for the Phils would be nice.

  24. Mazinman

    April 28, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I can’t remember another stretch like this. In the last four days we have had three absolutely increadible wins. The tenacity and determination of this team is something amazing to watch. I could feel that Ibanez slam in my bones before he hit it.

  25. MeatBalls

    April 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Fantastic win! Very exciting right through til the end. Talk about a team with confidence and a never ending will to win – Geeze! Ibanez is a beast! He has impressed the heck out of me.

    I absolutely hate Chris Wheeler! He is the most dreadful and annoying annoucer that I have ever heard! All that I could do during the game was think of Harry the K, and how he would have called that game. I think from now on I am going to have the HD on and listen to the radio to hear game called by Scott and LA. Someone please sh!t-can that POS Chris Wheeler!!!!!!

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. BigDaddy

    April 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Raul will own this town by the 4th of July.
    Phillies Nation got a chance to meet Raul and his family in Clearwater, what a class act and a a hell of a hitter. Don’t forget to vote him in the All-star game.

  27. Chuck P

    April 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Bask in my glory… I was at the game. One of the funnest games that I’ve ever been to… falling behind WS Game 5 and the 2008 NLE clincher… it was electric when Howard hit the first Grand Slam. Of course, there were many fans that left early… thankfully, I stayed and it was sheer madness after Ibanez hit the second grand slam. People jumping around, throwing stuff. I can only imagine what it would have been like if all 41,000 had stayed. There was a slight wind blowing out to centerfield and the ball was carrying in a big way… some of those shots were MONSTER HR’s. There was a mile’s worth of homeruns and NEAR homeruns last night. I was wondering why Lidge wasn’t in the game… the knee thing is a huge concern because we need him. Our pen is under stress right now and we can’t go without any of these guys.

    Ibanez is one miraculous catch or homerun away from being mayor of Philadelphia.

  28. Brian of CO

    April 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Greg B, there is nothing wrong with the Ibanez/Burrell comparisons. No one here has forgotten Burrell. He was in the field, and also came up with some pretty clutch hits at times to help win the WS, but you are acting like Phillies Phans have forgotten about Burrell. The point in these comparisons is simply most (not all) were PISSED when Burrell left, and Ibanez came into town. I recall the first week after the signing was VERY HARSH against Ibanez, but he has come through HUGE for the Phightin Phils, and honestly from a life long Phillies Phan, and a Burrell fan during his time here, to me, comparing the two, and being impressed with Ibanez, and saying he has been more clutch is a testament to Ibanez skill and clutch hitting.

  29. Keith E

    April 28, 2009 at 11:16 am

    To all here. I am begging forgiveness. I turned the game off in disgust after the Nats hit 2 more homers to make it 11-7.
    Please forgive me!

  30. Richie Allen

    April 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Keith E….. I did the same thing ,but something brought me back to see Ibanez grand slam.WOW..
    I never thought they could come back AGAIN to win after doing it twice over the weekend.

  31. MeatBalls

    April 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Never, ever in a million years could I ever turn off or leave a Phillies game early. This team, more so than any other I have seen, plays with so much heart and conviction – do or die mentallity! It is unbelievable. It is to the point where I am beginning to think that if the Phillies are losing it is a good thing: “Oh, we will just wait until the 7th inning to mount a come from behind win”.

    In 2007 I walked out of a Phillies vs. Mets game in the 7th inning: Phillies were winning 8-5. By the time I got in my car, they were losing 9-8. I went to my local watering hole to finish watching the game with my baseball buds. The Phillies won the game 11-10 in extra innings. From that day forward I vowed never again to leave a Phillies game!!!

    Go Phillies!!!!!!!

  32. vendor71

    April 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Mr. Clean is some RBI machine. This guy keeps doing this and he’s going to be a legend here.

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