Here are the Phils' top 10 homers of decade
The Phillies clubbed 1,608 regular-season home runs over the last decade -- and another seven in the postseason -- for a grand total of 1,615.
No player accounted for more of those homers than Ryan Howard, who hit 161 (including one in the postseason). Thus, it's no surprise that Howard is the only player to find himself in multiple spots on our list of the Phillies' top 10 homers of the decade.
From walk-offs to go-ahead postseason homers to game-altering grand slams, here's a look at those top 10 homers from the last 10 years:
1. Francisco breaks scoreless tie
Date: Oct. 4, 2011
With Cole Hamels and the Cardinals' Jaime García locked in a scoreless pitchers' duel in Game 3 of the 2011 NLDS -- and the series knotted at a game apiece -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had Ben Francisco pinch-hit for Hamels with two on and two outs in the top of the seventh. The decision worked to perfection, as Francisco crushed a go-ahead three-run homer into the visitors' bullpen in left-center field. The Phils held on to win the game, 3-2, but went on to lose the series by that same margin.
2. Harper's walk-off slam
Date: Aug. 15, 2019
The signature moment of Bryce Harper's debut season with the Phillies undoubtedly came on Aug. 15. Philadelphia trailed 5-1 entering the ninth inning against the Cubs -- the same team that began the night two games ahead of the Phillies for the final National League Wild Card spot. After the Phils plated a pair of runs to cut the deficit to two, Harper clobbered an absolute moonshot into the second deck in right field for a walk-off grand slam.
3. Howard leads surge in Game 1 of 2011 NLDS
Date: Oct. 1, 2011
After winning a franchise-record 102 games during the 2011 regular season, the Phillies had a rude welcome to the postseason. The Cardinals jumped all over Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay for three runs in the first inning, building an early lead that held up until the sixth. With the Phils trailing, 3-1, Howard belted a go-ahead three-run homer that ignited the offense en route to an 11-6 victory.
4. Mayberry's historic homer(s)
Date: June 4, 2013
John Mayberry's night didn't start until the seventh inning, but it ended with his name in the record books. After connecting for a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the 10th, Mayberry followed with a walk-off grand slam one inning later in a 7-3 win over the Marlins. He is the only player in Major League history to hit two extra-inning home runs in the same game with the second being a walk-off grand slam.
5. Altherr's rare grand slam
Date: Sept. 25, 2015
Aaron Altherr combined two of the most exciting plays in baseball into one -- a grand slam and an inside-the-park home run. With the bases loaded in the third inning of a game at Nationals Park, Altherr ripped a line drive to center fielder Michael Taylor, who made an unsuccessful dive in an effort to rob Altherr of a hit. The ball instead rolled almost to the warning track in center field, allowing Altherr to scamper all the way around the bases for the Phillies' first inside-the-park grand slam since Aug. 8, 1956, when Ted Kazanski hit one against the New York Giants at Polo Grounds. It was the first inside-the-park grand slam in MLB overall since Oct. 3, 1999 (Randy Winn).
6. Plouffe walk-off ends marathon
Date: July 24, 2018
Trevor Plouffe hit only one homer during his brief seven-game tenure with the Phillies in 2018, but it was certainly a memorable one. The Phils entered the bottom of the 16th with the scored tied at 4 -- just as it had been since the seventh inning. With the Dodgers having already used eight pitchers, and the teams continuing to trade zeros, Los Angeles elected to hand the ball to utility man Enrique Hernández for the 16th. After recording an out on his first pitch, Hernández issued a pair of walks before Plouffe took him deep for a walk-off three-run homer to end the five-hour, 55-minute contest.
7. Thome's swan song
Date: June 23, 2012
Jim Thome had an impressive first run with the Phillies, recording back-to-back 40-homer seasons in 2003-04, including an MLB-leading 47 in '03. Though his second stint was brief -- he returned for 30 games in '12 -- Thome left the Philadelphia faithful with a lasting memory when he connected for a walk-off homer against the Rays on June 23, 2012. It was not only his last home run in a Phillies uniform, but the 609th of his career, moving him into a tie with Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list at the time. Thome later added three more homers as a member of the Orioles to pass Sosa, though both players have since been passed by Albert Pujols, leaving Thome in sole possession of eighth on the all-time leaderboard.
8. Rollins races around the bases
Date: July 31, 2012
Jimmy Rollins hit four career inside-the-park homers, but none came easier than this two-run shot at Nationals Park. It started when Rollins lifted a Stephen Strasburg pitch deep to right field, where then-Nats outfielder Bryce Harper came up short in a leaping attempt to catch it. Harper instead crashed into the wall and tumbled onto the warning track as the ball ricocheted back into right field, allowing Rollins to cross home plate standing up.
9. Franco tees off at Coors
Date: July 10, 2016
Maikel Franco hit an absolute laser at Coors Field, roping a 471-foot homer off Rockies reliever Jason Motte. The no-doubter landed on the concourse beyond the left-field seats for a three-run homer to pad the Phillies' lead. It remains Philadelphia's longest home run since Statcast began tracking in 2015.
10. Howard slams Phils to victory
Date: Aug. 7, 2014
Trailing 5-2 with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, Ryan Howard put together an incredible at-bat against Astros reliever Tony Sipp. Howard fouled off four pitches and worked the count full before crushing a go-ahead grand slam on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. It was the first time any Phillies player had hit a go-ahead grand slam with the team trailing by three runs in the eighth inning or later since 1993 (Mariano Duncan).