Phillies 4, Braves 3 (13 Innings)
Game 162 - Wednesday Night, September 28th in Atlanta
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies closed out the 2011 regular season with a 13-inning victory against the Braves, setting a franchise record with their 102nd regular season win.
What It Means: The Phillies played a part in one of the wildest days of regular season baseball ever by winning in extras and knocking the Braves out of postseason consideration. In a amazing whirlwind of late night baseball, the Cardinals won in Houston and the Braves lost to give the Cardinals the National League Wild Card and a trip to Philly. The Phillies will face off against St. Louis in N.L.D.S. Game 1 on Saturday.
The American League was just as wild as the Orioles stunned the Red Sox with a ninth-inning walk-off win, minutes before the Rays defeated the Yankees in twelve on Evan Longoria's walk-off home run.
The club's 102nd win surpassed the 101-win marks set in 1976 and 1977. It was also Charlie Manuel's 646th regular season victory as the Phillies manager, moving him past Gene Mauch for the top spot on the Phillies all-time list.
What Went Right: Chase Utley's bases loaded sacrifice fly scored Placido Polanco with the tying run in the ninth inning. Hunter Pence's bloop single in the 13th scored Brian Schneider and David Herndon secured his first career save with a scoreless bottom half of the inning. Justin De Fratus, who had pitched the 12th, earned his first big league win.
Featured Card: I felt a Chachi Record Breaker card was appropriate given the historic win.