Their it was, all laid out right in front of them, waiting to be grabbed. A win against their fierce rival, and first place to boot, if only they had someone to notch the final three outs.
There’s nothing better then beating the Mets in New York to take the lead in the NL East. Oh wait there is. It’s when you do it by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 9th after being down 5-2 for the latter part of the game. And in New York. In front of their fans. At the hands of Jimmy Rollins to take the lead (after So Taguchi of course).
Let me set the stage in case you missed one of the best endings to a Phillies game I have ever seen in my life. Its the top of 9th, 5-2 Mets, and apparently Billy Wagner is unavailable for the game, so the Mets bring in Joe Smith to try and close out the victory for the Mets to take sole position of the NL East. Then: Werth single, Dobbs single, Victorino single.
Next a high bouncing grounder by Carlos Ruiz up the middle that Jose Reyes misplays and misses the base as he trys to field the ball and go to second on his own. Shane Vic chugged his ass to second and just beat him out, which was later ruled an error on Reyes due to his indecisiveness. Pinch-hitter So Taguchi doubles down the line to right field knocking in Jayson Werth and Greg Dobbs to tie the game at 5. Next up the reigning NL MVP James Rollins. Rollins doubled down the line right past David Wright to knock in Carlos Ruiz and So Taguchi to take the lead, much to the shagrin of a STUNNED METS CROWD. One that was actually quite thin due the hundreds of fans who had already left thinking the game was in the bag. 5 runs, 0 outs. 7-5 Phillies. Amazing.