2010 Top Moments

Top Moment #23: Phillies Rally Against Marmol

Welcome to the Phillies Nation Top 25 Moments of 2010, as voted on by the staff of this fine blog.

Top Moments #25 and #24 came on comebacks after Brad Lidge blew a save.  Number 23 involves another blown save, only this time it was not Lidge.  The Phillies were on the other end.

At Wrigley Field, Cole Hamels and Randy Wells were tossing a pitcher’s duel.  Hamels finished the night after seven strong innings, allowing only one earned run.  The lone run came on a suicide squeeze, laid down by Ryan Theriot, which scored rookie Starlin Castro. 

Hamels was solid, but the offense had difficulties scoring.  A lack of run support was very common in 2010.  Then again, so were late inning rallies.

With Carlos Marmol closing, Greg Dobbs, Wilson Valdez, and Chad Durbin due up, the game appeared to be over.  Dobbs popped up.  Brian Schneider pinched hit for Valdez and drew a walk.  Ross Gload, who substituted for Durbin, also drew a walk.  All of a sudden, the Phillies had two men on base, including a runner in scoring position.  Down by one run, there was certainly hope.

Marmol was extremely erratic, but struck out Shane Victorino for the second out.  One out away from defeat, the Phillies had to rely on Placido Polanco, who was fresh off the disabled list.  Polanco came through like he did so many times in 2010, delivering a game-tying RBI single.  Schnieder looked to be a dead duck at the plate, but thankfully Geovanny Soto could not handle the ball.

Marmol’s problems did not end there as he failed to locate the strike zone.  A wild pitch enabled Gload to score from third and give the Phillies a lead.  Marmol walked Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth before finally being removed for James Russell.

Raul Ibanez finished off the scoring with a RBI single of his own to make it 4-1.  Brad Lidge wasn’t going to let this one slip like Marmol, as he converted the save.

The comeback against the Cubs was just one of many late-inning rallies for the Phillies.  Their never-say-die attitude showed that there was no reason to give up on them.  There were many nail-biters, but there were also shocking comebacks like this one.  It may not have been the prettiest win, but it was good enough for #23 on our list.

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  1. Brian Michael

    January 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I was at this game, it was unbelievable how bad Marmol was. Cole pitched a great game and this was about when he started his late season groove.

  2. Manny

    January 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Is this showing up?

  3. Chuck

    January 7, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Manny!! You finally made it, dude.

  4. GoPhils

    January 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This game reminds me of the horrible slump the Phils were in in 2010. If Polly had not come through here, this would have been another heartbreaking loss for Hamels, whose only problem was giving up a squeeze bunt. That’s gotta be a win. It reminds me of a game against the Pirates when Jamie Moyer gave up his only run on a infield single. This was the Chevrolet Drive of the Game. I think it was the great Daniel McCutchen of the Pirates, who I think had not won since August of 2009 and had an E.R.A. over five, who shut down the Phillies lineup. This was an extreme low point.

  5. Greg

    January 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  6. Manny

    January 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Thanks guys. I was having trouble logging in, so I created a new account and it works fine now!


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