Grand slam off C.C. Sabathia
Okay, this one was obvious. But it was a huge moment not just for Victorino, but in Phillies lore.
Cole Hamels bested Yovani Gallardo in Game One of the National League Division Series, but the Brewers did not have their ace on the mound. C.C. Sabathia pitched the last game of the season to secure the wild card for the Brewers, forcing him to wait until Game Two to pitch.
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Since being traded to the Brewers, Sabathia had a 1.65 ERA, 11-2 record, and 1.003 WHIP. He threw seven complete games, including three shutouts. Despite only being on the team for half the season, he was still their most valuable player (4.9 wins above replacement). This was prime Sabathia the Phillies were up against.
The Brewers jumped out into an early lead in the first, but Pedro Feliz tied it up with a one-out RBI double in the second. After recording the second out, Sabathia walked Brett Myers on a full count, which was the most exciting walks you will ever see. Sabathia then walked Jimmy Rollins to load the bases and bring Victorino to the plate.
If you don’t already know what happened from there, Victorino lined a ball into the left field for a grand slam to make the game 5-1. It was the moment where we knew this team could take down the best and could make a deep run into the playoffs.
Victorino’s career in Philadelphia featured plenty of excellent moments; these are just some of the most memorable. His retirement ceremony Friday night gives us the chance to look back at these great moments.