Phillies in the postseason: Big play X-ray

Posted: October 06, 2010

This is a look at what we consider the biggest play of the Phillies' season:

THE GAME: July 22, Busch Stadium, St. Louis. The Phils entered the afternoon game seven games behind the Braves, who finished their victory over the visiting Padres before this one headed into extra innings.

THE PLAY: Placido Polanco , who already had two hits out of the leadoff spot, opened the 11th with a solo homer to deep leftfield.

THE SETUP: Phillies starter Cole Hamels and St. Louis counterpart Adam Wainwright each got help from three relievers to keep the game scoreless through 10 innings.

THE AT-BAT: Polanco took a sinker for a strike and a slider for a ball from righthander Kyle McClellan . He belted the 1-1 sinker about 10 rows deep into the leftfield stands.

THE AFTERMATH: Jayson Werth doubled home Raul Ibanez , who had walked one out after Polanco's homer, to give Brad Lidge some breathing room in the bottom of the inning.

THE STATS: Polanco, who had just recently returned from 3 weeks on the disabled list (elbow), hadn't homered since May 9.

THE QUOTE: "Sometimes you need one game like this to turn everything around," Polanco said after the game . . .

FROM HIS MOUTH: . . . The Phillies, 48-46 entering the game, went 49-19 from this date to the end of the season.

THE QUOTE II: "I guess we hit it where somebody couldn't catch it, so we scored," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose club had lost four in a row and six of seven coming in. "And we got to make a free pass around the bases. That way we didn't mess up. I was wanting to make sure he touched all the bases."

ALSO CONSIDERED: No. 2: Carlos Ruiz' walkoff double to overcome a 9-2 deficit against the Dodgers (Aug. 12) . . . No. 3: Jimmy Rollins sliding home safely on Polanco's 12th-inning single in San Diego (Aug. 27).

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Braves' Jayson Heyward's three-base error on a Shane Victorino fifth-inning fly ball in the first of a three-game series at Citizen Bank Park (Sept. 20) . . . Jayson Werth 's walkoff homer to cap a four-run, ninth-inning rally against the Nationals (Sept. 19) . . . Third baseman Juan Casto throwing out Jorge Cantu on a hard, eighth-inning grounder and then pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino for the final out in Roy Halladay's perfect game against Florida (May 29).

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