On September 19, the Phillies were in the middle of a big series against the New York Mets. They were four games out of the Wild Card, so the postseason was still within reach at the time.
After Cole Hamels tossed a quality start and the bullpen pitched two stellar innings, the Phillies still found themselves trailing 2-1 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. One swing of the bat changed the game, and created a top moment for the season.
Chase Utley drew a huge two-out walk, leaving the game in the hands of a struggling Ryan Howard. Mets pitcher Josh Edgin appeared to have the advantage in the matchup, especially since Howard had been in an 0-for-18 slump against lefties.
With the count at 0-1, Howard crushed a fastball deep into the right field seats. There was no doubt about it. The Phillies took a 3-2 lead, and Jonathan Papelbon was able to close it out.
After the big blast, Phillies Nation commenter The Original Chuck P commented:
“Can we PLEASE give the man his du...