On October 13, 2008, pinch hitter Matt Stairs pummeled a ball into the Los Angeles night to give the Phillies a 7-5 lead and the eventual win of that score.
Almost exactly six months later, Stairs repeated that moment, leading the Phils to a 7-5 win over the Rockies.
Stairs’ homer came in the ninth, after Chase Utley nailed a clutch two-run bomb to tie the score in the eighth. It was the culmination of a comeback that came after starter Chan Ho Park debuted with a sour line: 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K. They chipped away early with an RBI hit by Raul Ibanez and two RBI by Jayson Werth, who had a fine series in Colorado.
Not to be outdone, the Phils bullpen was superb. Chad Durbin mopped up Park’s mess with a strong two inning outing. Scott Eyre followed with a clutch hold in the sixth, then Clay Condrey pitched a scoreless seventh. With a tie, Ryan Madson secured the score with a stunning eighth, and Brad Lidge gutted out his second save of the season.
The Phillies are now sitting at .500.