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Top Moment #6: Dobbs, Ransom HRs Rally Phils over Reds

It seemed like every game went down to the wire between the Phillies and Reds during the 2010 season. It was fitting the two teams met during the NLDS, even though it wasn’t much of a series.

On Friday, July 9, it started off as just another game for the Phillies struggling offense. One run through the first eight innings, countless ugly at-bats, and another unknown pitcher putting them through hell. Yet, like so many times before, when you thought they were down and out, the Phillies caught you by surprise.

That’s exactly what they did against Reds starter Mike Leake in the ninth inning. Down to their final three outs, but down six runs, the 2-3-4 hitters approached the plate. Ryan Howard would send home Shane Victorino to make it 7-2 and with one out, the fun was kicked into high gear.

With Howard and Jayson Werth on base, the much-maligned Greg Dobbs stepped to the dish in the midst of one of his worst seasons as a pro. You’re thinking, soft ground out at minimum, maybe even double play. That’s the kind of season Dobbs had in ’10. Then…liftoff. Dobbs clanged one off the foul pole in right field, and with a 7-5 game, you’re suddenly thinking, “no effing way.”

With two outs, Ben Francisco walked to bring Cody Ransom to the plate to face Reds closer Francisco Cordero. His last name may as well be “random” because that’s basically what he was last season; a random player who happened to get a big hit in a big spot. Ransom unleashed an opposite field jack that sent the crowd into a frenzy and tied the game at seven.

Really? Cody Ransom? That’s a basic synopsis of the Phillies 2010 season – guys like Cody Ransom pulling through in the clutch, chipping in at key moments. As for Ransom, he didn’t last long with the team, but certainly made his presence felt in the short time he filled in for the injured Placido Polanco.

With six runs on the board in the ninth, they had to win, right? Yep. Ryan Howard made sure of it.

Not exactly his most productive power season, Howard let everyone know he was still capable of the long ball on this mid-July evening. His two-run blast to the opposite field gave the Phillies yet another improbable come from behind win. Oh, those poor Cincinnati Reds.

(Photo: CSN, MLB)

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  1. Brooks

    February 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Ah yes, the Dobbsy clutch hit – you had to dig hard for that one eh Pat?

  2. bfo_33

    February 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I hate to admit it, but most games kind of run together for me at the end of the season. I remember the walk-offs, big plays,…. but after the year is done, often what built up to it kind of blurs. I remember this game well. I was only partially paying attention when Dobbs came up, wasn’t very optimistic until he homered. When Ransom did the same, I was off the couch. Raul, in the 3 spot, hammering his 2nd double of the game (and it was hammered, not one of those 30 bouncer seeing eye types, but off the wall) – shook up Rhodes, then the Howard blast. If this series was in Oct instead of July, it would have gone down with the Astros series in 80 as one of the all time greats.

    After a morning of truly terrible meetings, I now have a smile on my face. Thanks.

  3. Pat Gallen

    February 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Glad we could help.

  4. Don M

    February 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I was watching this game with wifey… and her asking.. Is Ransom any good . . . . I hesitated a moment and said “eh, he could hit one out” … and he did . . . it was just an amazing game.. and that whole series was unreal!

    Watching theses highlights and seeing the crowd going crazy has me so jacked up waiting for this season to start . . regardless of who plays RF . .who bats 5th . . who pitches 5th , etc .. this is a great TEAM and I think you’ll see great contributions from the guys like Francisco, Valdez, Schneider, etc.. that will prove us to be the best all-around this year

  5. Dropped Strike Three

    February 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Great memories of this game as a bunch of us relaxed in my buddy’s hot tub after a few days at the shore. As a matter of fact, that whole series right before the all-star break might have been the best series of the season.

    • Manny

      February 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      And can I get a hot tub!!?

      (State farm commercial, anyone?)

  6. Chuck

    February 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    That game was kind of like an out-of-body experience (I have no idea what that feels like, but it sounds good). Before Ransom hit the HR I said sort of the same thing….”Maybe he’ll hit one out. Wouldn’t that be something?” And then…..BAM!!!

  7. Manny

    February 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I clicked on the link to view the replay of Ransom’s HR on Once I was there, I clicked to watch the game highlights (awesome!!)… then I ended up clicking and clicking and I somehow ended up watching the game highlights for the NLDS. Hamels’ fist pump (awesome!!)..

    But then I clicked on the NLCS highlights for the last game… Ugh. WHY did I do that. Do you guys remember Choochie hitting a line drive in the 8th inning with 1 out that could’ve changed the ENTIRE game, but it was caught somehow. And then Howard caug…. (I better stop there)

  8. Brooks

    February 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Manny! Brother! Spoiling the mood my friend – we are all getting jacked up and pppssssst.. the air is let out!

    • Manny

      February 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I know! I know! I’m truly sorry. I just always get into these bad habits… kinda like reading the comments section on an online newspaper… it’ll depress you 100% guaranteed!

      • Don M

        February 14, 2011 at 9:20 am

        I was watching like MLB Network or something… and they were talking about the SF Giants.. their pitching staff, and then got to Brian Wilson, and started showing some highlights of course got to the NLCS

        and when they show him get K -after -K … then they show the Howard strikeout, there is definitely a huge DELAY in the call by the home plate umpire. Now of course he could have been saying “STRIKE 3” before he started the motions ..but the delay made it seem worse

        the homer in me wanted to say that ball was low.. but it wasn’t, it was just a pitch in a perfect location that if Howard got the bat on, would have been a weak groundball to the left side. It would have been nice to see him swing, especially with two strikes, but Wilson was great last year and sometimes you just gotta tip your cap

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