Phillies 2008 Greatest Moments
Phillies First Win
It took three games, but the Phillies got their first win of the season against the Nationals when Jimmy Rollins scored on a 10th inning, bases-loaded walk by Jayson Werth.
In the Mets' last home opener at Shea Stadium, the Phillies overcame a two-run deficit after six innings to rally for a 5-2 victory.
Facing a late-inning deficit against the defending NL Champion Rockies, Phillies' slugger Pat Burrell launched a three-run double off Many Corpas in the ninth en route to an 8-6 win.
Phils in First!
Philadelphia found itself leading the NL East for the first time after beating the Padres 3-2. The win came courtesy of a Ryan Howard tiebreaking home run in the eighth.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels weaved a four-hitter and struck out six in recording his first career shutout. Hamels was so dominant, he retired 15 in a row at one point of the 5-0 win.
All year long, the Phillies showed the ability to score runs in bunches. Against the Rockies, they pounded out 20 runs on 19 hits in a 20-5 win.
Shane to the rescue
In the 10th inning of a game against Atlanta, centerfielder Shane Victorino took things over. First, he hit a run-scoring triple that gave the Phils the lead, then he threw out Gregor Blanco at home with the potential tying run to end the game.
Small ball, big win
The Phils and Rays were locked in a tight Game 3 battle in the bottom of the ninth when things went haywire. Leadoff hitter Eric Bruntlett reached after being hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on an error. The Rays walked the bases loaded, but Carlos Ruiz topped a slow groundball toward third that allowed Bruntlett to score the game-winner.
Offense explodes again
Less than a month after scoring 20 runs, the Phils did it again, this time on the road against the Cardinals. Philadelphia had a season-high 21 hits, including four homers in the 20-2 laugher.
Lidge walks the line
Brad Lidge had a perfect season in saves, but at no time was his grip on perfection so tenuous as against the Cards on this night. After giving up a run in the ninth, Lidge hit a batter to load the bases with just one out. But he responded with strikeouts of Nick Stavinoha and Joe Mather to end the threat.
Philadelphia trailed the Mets 7-0 after four innings, but battled all the way back to tie the game in the ninth before Chris Coste won it with a bases-loaded RBI single in the 13th inning.
How sweep it is
Just three days earlier, the Phils opened a four-game set with Milwaukee down four games in the wild card race, but within 72 hours, pulled even after Brett Myers pitched a complete game in the finale to sweep the set.
The Phils wrapped up the NL East for the second straight year after topping the Nationals 4-3.
In what was arguably the defining moment of the Phillies' NLDS win over Milwaukee, Shane Victorino crushed a grand slam over the seemingly untouchable CC Sabathia in game two.
Stairway to heaven
In the pivotal fourth game of the NLCS, the Phillies trailed by two runs in the eighth. First, Shane Victorino hit a game-tying two-run homer against Cory Wade, and then, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs came on and launched a two-run bomb against Jonathan Broxton that gave Philly its winning cushion in a 7-5 victory.
The Phillies advanced to their first World Series since 1993 after beating Los Angeles 4-1 in their seven-game series.
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Cole Hamels pulled off a postseason rarity, earning wins in Game 1 of the NLDS, NCLS and World Series after giving up only five hits and two runs in a 3-2 win against the Rays in the opener of the Fall Classic.