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Phillies Nation Perfect Season: A pair of grand slams from Ibañez, Howard


Every day until Opening Day arrives, Phillies Nation will take a daily look back at a regular season victory from that particular day in history that you can watch in full in lieu of live Phillies baseball. Think of it is as your daily Phillies watch recommendation.

April 27, 2009- Phillies 13, Nationals 11

Raul Ibanez played for the Phillies from 2009-2011. (Jeff Conner/Icon Sportswire)

With the exception of good pitching, this game had it all. On a beautiful April night, over 41,000 fans packed Citizens Bank Park to take in both the dollar hot dogs and long home runs. Phillies and Nationals hitters combined for seven round-trippers. Only two of those knocks came off the bat of a Phillies player.

The first came with the bases loaded with one out and the Phillies down 6-2. Ryan Howard absolutely crushed a changeup in the middle the plate, sending it into the ivy in center field for a grand slam, tying the game at six apiece:

The second Phillies home run was also a grand slam. This time, Raúl Ibañez came up to the plate in the eighth with the bases juiced and the team down 11-9 in the eighth. He pulled a middle-in fastball to right that barely stayed fair. Once again, the Bank found itself in another frenzy:

For only the fourth time in Phillies history, two players knocked a grand slam in the same game. The last time that had happened was on Sept. 9, 2003, when Tomás Pérez and Jason Michaels both knocked in grand slams against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Nationals Lineup

  1. Anderson Hernández, second base
  2. Nick Johnson, first base
  3. Ryan Zimmermann, first base
  4. Adam Dunn, left field
  5. Elijah Dukes, center field
  6. Austin Kearns, right field
  7. Jesús Flores, catcher
  8. Alberto González, shortstop
  9. Shairon Martis, pitcher

Phillies Lineup

  1. Jimmy Rollins, shortstop
  2. Shane Victorino, center field
  3. Chase Utley, second base
  4. Ryan Howard, first base
  5. Jayson Werth, right field
  6. Raúl Ibañez, left field
  7. Gregg Dobbs, third base
  8. Lou Marson, catcher
  9. Joe Blanton, pitcher

You can watch the full game by using this link. You can also watch it on your Smart TV or streaming device with the YouTube app. Just put in “WAS at PHI April 27, 2009” into the search bar and click on the video.

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