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Here are the Phillies' top 10 games of the 2010s

@paul_casella
December 2, 2019

Though the 2010s came and went without a World Series appearance for the Phillies -- their first decade without a trip to the Fall Classic since the 1970s -- there were still plenty of memorable games over the past 10 years. A decade that began with the likes of Roy

Though the 2010s came and went without a World Series appearance for the Phillies -- their first decade without a trip to the Fall Classic since the 1970s -- there were still plenty of memorable games over the past 10 years.

A decade that began with the likes of Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley guiding the Phils back to the postseason, and ended with the emergence of a new wave of stars in Aaron Nola, Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper, certainly produced no shortage of notable moments in Philadelphia.

With that in mind, here's a look at the Phillies' best games of the past decade:

1) Halladay's postseason no-hitter
Date: Oct. 6, 2010

There was no doubt about this one -- Roy Halladay's historic no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series qualifies as one of the top moments in Phillies history, let alone the past decade. Making his first career postseason start, Halladay struck out eight while holding the Reds hitless to join Don Larsen as the only players in Major League history to toss a postseason no-hitter. Halladay's only blemish in an otherwise dominant outing came on a two-out walk to Jay Bruce in the fifth inning. That was the only baserunner allowed by Halladay, who didn't allow a ball to leave the infield over the final three innings.

2) Halladay's perfect game
Date: May 29, 2010

Even prior to his aforementioned no-hitter in the NLDS, Roy Halladay had already put together a remarkable debut season with the Phillies in 2010. He strung together four complete games -- including a pair of shutouts -- in his first nine starts before taking things to another level in his 11th outing in a Philly uniform.

Halladay retired all 27 Marlins he faced to record the second perfect game in franchise history (Jim Bunning, 1964). The Hall of Famer struck out 11 in a 1-0 victory at Florida's Sun Life Stadium to secure his place in the Major League record books. He went on to finish 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA en route to his second career Cy Young Award.

3) Harper's walk-off grand slam
Date: Aug. 15, 2019

The highlight of the 2019 season -- and Bryce Harper's signature moment in his first year with the Phillies -- came with one swing of the bat against the Cubs. Trailing 5-1 entering the ninth, the Phillies pushed across a pair of runs before Harper stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The slugger sent a towering shot into the second deck in right field for a walk-off grand slam to cap a six-run ninth inning. The 7-5 victory finished off a three-game sweep of the Cubs and pulled the Phillies to within one game of Chicago for the final postseason spot at the time.

4) Hamels' no-hitter in last start with Phillies
Date: July 25, 2015

Rumors were already swirling around Cole Hamels when the left-hander took the mound against the Cubs ahead of the 2015 Trade Deadline. After spending his first 9 1/2 seasons in Philadelphia -- a run that included Hamels earning MVP honors in both the NL Championship Series and World Series in '08 -- the hurler's days in a Phillies uniform seemed to be numbered. The southpaw made what proved to be his last start with the Phils a memorable one, striking out 13 batters in a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Hamels was traded to the Rangers less than a week later.

5) Valdez finishes off 19-inning win over Reds
Date: May 25, 2011

Wilson Valdez, a journeyman utility infielder, made just one pitching appearance during his seven-year big league career -- and he walked away with the win. Long before Valdez made his pitching debut, Ryan Howard homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to offset a solo shot from Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. The game remained tied at 4 until the 19th inning, when Philadelphia -- having already used seven relievers following Roy Halladay's seven-inning start -- shifted Valdez from second base to the mound. Carlos Ruiz, meanwhile, finished the game at third base in just his second (and final) appearance at the hot corner.

As for Valdez, he retired Joey Votto on a deep flyout before plunking Scott Rolen on the first pitch. Valdez then retired Bruce and pitcher Carlos Fisher to complete a scoreless frame. Jimmy Rollins led off the bottom half with a single, then advanced to second on a walk and third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Raúl Ibañez's sacrifice fly to end the 6-hour, 11-minute contest. Valdez is one of just two pure position players in franchise history to earn a win, joining Jimmie Foxx in 1945 (though Foxx made nine appearances, including a pair of starts, that season).

6) Hamels' gem in Game 3 of 2010 NLDS
Date: Oct. 10, 2010

Though understandably overshadowed by Roy Halladay's no-hitter in Game 1 just four days earlier, Cole Hamels spun a postseason gem of his own in the Phillies' NLDS-clinching Game 3 win over the Reds. After struggling to a 7.58 ERA over four starts in the 2009 postseason, Hamels wasted no time reestablishing his postseason dominance in his first start of the '10 NLDS. The southpaw struck out nine Cincinnati batters while twirling a five-hit shutout to complete the sweep, looking far more like the '08 NLCS and World Series MVP version of Hamels than the one that stumbled in '09.

7) Historic first inning vs. Nationals
Date: April 8, 2017

After starting 1-3 and scoring just 14 runs in their first four games of the 2017 season, the Phillies' offense erupted in the fifth game. It all started with a franchise-record 12 runs in the first inning against the Nationals. The Phils plated their dozen runs on nine hits -- not one of which left the ballpark -- and four walks en route to a 17-3 victory. The Phillies sent 16 batters to the plate in the frame, with Howie Kendrick, Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph each collecting two hits.

8) Halladay, Carpenter duel in winner-take-all Game 5
Date: Oct. 7, 2011

Though it ultimately marked an end to Philadelphia's season, Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS was an instant classic. After winning a franchise-record 102 games during the regular season, the Phillies found themselves facing a winner-take-all game against the Cardinals in the opening round of the playoffs. The good news for the Phils was that they were handing the ball to ace Roy Halladay. The bad news? St. Louis was countering with an ace of its own in Chris Carpenter.

Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal opened the game with a leadoff triple, then scored on a Skip Schumaker double one batter later to put the Phils in an early 1-0 hole. That would be the only blemish for Halladay, who went on to limit the Cardinals to just the one run over eight solid innings. Unfortunately for Philadelphia, that proved to be all the Cardinals needed, as Carpenter tossed a three-hit shutout to secure the 1-0 victory.

9) McCutchen, Hoskins key Opening Day win in Harper's debut
Date: March 28, 2019

Expectations were as high as they had been in nearly a decade following an offseason in which the Phillies added Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura, among others -- and the 2019 opener only added to the excitement. McCutchen clubbed a leadoff homer to send the sell-out crowd at Citizens Bank Park into an early frenzy before Rhys Hoskins sealed a 10-4 victory over the rival Braves with a seventh-inning grand slam after an intentional walk of Harper loaded the bases.

10) Doc's gutsy outing in Game 5 of 2010 NLCS
Date: Oct. 21, 2010

With the Phillies facing elimination against the Giants in Game 5 of the 2010 NLCS, Roy Halladay pulled his right groin muscle in the second inning at AT&T Park. Not only did Halladay stay in the game -- "He wasn't going to let us take him out," then-manager Charlie Manuel said afterward -- but the two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched six solid innings to send the series back to Philadelphia. Despite not being able to top 90 mph with his fastball, he limited San Francisco to just two runs in a 4-2 victory.

Honorable mentions
July 26, 2018: The Phillies tied a franchise record with seven home runs in a 9-4 win over Reds, including multihomer efforts from Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams.

Sept. 1, 2014: Cole Hamels threw the first six innings of a combined no-hitter vs. the Braves, followed by Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon with one inning apiece.

Sept. 28, 2011: The Phillies set the franchise record with their 102nd win of the season in a 13-inning victory over the Braves on the final day of the regular season.

Sept. 27, 2010: Roy Halladay tossed a two-hit shutout against the Nationals in his final start of the 2010 regular season to help the Phillies clinch their fourth straight division title.

Paul Casella is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.