Phillies 4, Reds 3 (11 Innings)
Game 125 - Thursday Night, August 23rd in Philadelphia
Record 58-67, 3rd Place, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: It was a very, very long game, but the Phillies prevailed in the 11th on John Mayberry, Jr.'s walk-off single.
What It Means: The Phillies are nine games under .500 and only 10 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race. All it would take is a nice 15-game winning streak from the Phils to get back into this thing. And for the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Pirates and Cardinals to completely collapse. And for the Brewers and Mets to keep playing poorly. And for the offense to have more timely clutch hitting. And for our starting pitching to be more consistent. And for the bullpen to get their acts together. That's all it would take.
What Went Right: Mayberry singled home Chase Utley with the winning run in the 11th. The biggest reason the Phillies were still playing in the 11th was the five scoreless innings thrown by B.J. Rosenberg, Phillippe Aumont (in his big league debut), Jonathan Papelbon, Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes.
Featured Card: Welcome to the big leagues Phillippe Aumont! Aumont was one of three prospects acquired from the Mariners when the Phillies made their ill-advised trade of Cliff Lee back in December 2009. Aumont joins the growing list of members of the 2012 Phillies squad without a proper Phillies baseball card to date. Although in Aumont's case, I have a feeling his inclusion on the Missing Links list won't last long. This is his most recent widely-released card, from last year's Topps Heritage Minor Leagues set.