Philadelphia Phillies: Top five moments from the first half of 2017

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 07: Aaron Altherr #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted at home plate by Daniel Nava #25 after hitting a game tying three-run home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on May 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-5 in 10 innings. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 07: Aaron Altherr #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies is greeted at home plate by Daniel Nava #25 after hitting a game tying three-run home run in the eighth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on May 7, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-5 in 10 innings. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 08: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Tommy Joseph #19 after scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on April 8, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

No. 2: 12-run inning

After an Opening Day win the Phillies lost their next three games as they stumbled out of the gate to start the 2017 season. Their second game against the Nationals was important to follow because it was the first time Aaron Nola started a game since July of 2016. It turned out to be a great game for a much different reasons.

The offense got off to a strong start by loading the bases with no one out to start the game off Washington starter Jeremy Guthrie. The first run scored on a Maikel Franco sacrifice fly. From there the attack was on as 11 more runs came around to score before the inning was finally over.

Howie Kendrick drove in three runs on a bases-clearing triple and Franco, Michael Saunders, and Tommy Joseph each drove in two in the inning.

It was the biggest offensive inning for the team since when they scored 13 runs against the Reds in the fourth inning of a game April 13, 2003. They set the team record for the most runs scored in the first inning of any game. The large 17-3 win skewed the team’s run differential for quite some time, even as the season went down the drain in May.