A complete history of Philadelphia Phillies playoff runs

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies fields a ground ball during World Series game six between the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies on October 21, 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Royals 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies fields a ground ball during World Series game six between the Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies on October 21, 1980 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Royals 4-1. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 04: Starting pitcher Pedro Martinez #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) /

2009 Philadelphia Phillies: Pennant

In 2009, the Phillies won back-to-back pennants for the first time in franchise history.

As defending champions, the Phillies actually improved upon the prior season’s record, winning 93 games and their third division title.

In July, the Phillies again upgraded their starting rotation, trading for Cliff Lee and signing free-agent Pedro Martinez.

In a rematch of 2007, the Phillies again faced the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, this time triumphing three games to one. Acquiring Lee paid off, big-time, as he pitched a complete game in Game 1.

For the second year in a row, bad weather forced postseason game postponement and the Phillies bested the Los Angeles Dodgers for the pennant, four games to one.

The World Series was a rematch of 1950, with the Phillies and Yankees facing off. Lee again pitched a complete game in Game 1 to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the series.

Unfortunately, once again, the Yankees triumphed. At least this time, it wasn’t a sweep.

Ironically, their manager, Joe Girardi, is now the Phillies manager.

While the team didn’t take home another Commissioner’s Trophy, Chase Utley won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger, while Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino took home Gold Gloves.

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