Throughout the month, Phillies Nation will be counting down the Top 25 Phillies Moments of 2009.
The Phillies had their share of grand slams in 2009; a major league leading eleven of them to be exact. Grand slams are not classified as rare, but they aren’t seen on a daily basis. Two grand slams in one game, however, may be a little rare. After all it happened four times in franchise history: 1921, 1997, 2003, and April 27, 2009.
April was a rough month for Joe Blanton, and he continued his struggles in this game: 4.1 IP, six runs, eight hits and three walks. The Phillies found themselves trailing 6-2 in the fifth, but Ryan Howard’s salami to straight away center field tied it up.
The Nationals were homer-happy themselves. Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, Elijah Dukes hit a monster shot, and Nick Johnson broke the seventh inning tie with a two-run home run. It started to look like it got out of hand for the Phils, who trailed 11-7. But if there was one thing learned about the 2009 team, it was to never give up on them.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Phillies were able to inch closer and load the bases for Raul Ibanez. “I knew I hit it far and I was just hoping it wouldn’t hook out. I was trying to go short with my swing and drive in the runner from second base,” Ibanez said. He did that and more. Ibanez smashed a grand slam which ultimately won the game.
After the game, Phillies Nation’s own Tim Malcolm recapped the victory: “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.” We found that last sentence to be very true.