We'll get to Dobbs in a bit. First, the Phillies got six innings from Freddy Garcia, benefited
from three hits from Chase Utley, including a homer and a triple, took the lead on a bases-loaded walk in
the sixth, then added on three runs in the ninth.
There's your four-run lead. Because Myers was preparing to save a one-run game, Manuel let him pitch in
a non-save situation. Todd Linden and Alfredo Amezaga began the inning with a bloop single, and scored on
Dan Uggla's triple. Hanley Ramirez then bunted to first, and Dobbs inexplicably threw home, instead of
tagging Ramirez or stepping the base.
Huge mistake number one.
What was he thinking?
"I wasn't," he said. "Quote it. Print it right on front page. 'What was Dobbs thinking?' I saw it all
happen right in front of me in super slow mo. As I released the ball, I went 'whyyyyyyyyy."
Rowand chimed in, "Nooooooooo!" in his best slo-mo impersonation voice.
"What are you doing?' Dobbs continued. "I should've taken the ball and either tagged Ramirez or gone to the bag, instead of being way too aggressive. It was just stupid. Afterward, I was so disgusted with myself that I just started walking in circles, thinking 'Did I just do that?'"
He did, and Ramirez would later score the tying run, after Myers nearly got the Phillies out of the
jam, by striking out Miguel Cabrera and Jeremy Hermida, sandwiched around Josh Willingham being hit by a
pitch. If Dobbs makes that play, Hermida ends the game.
Instead, Aaron Boone sliced a single to shallow left field. With Ramirez still a few steps from
third base, coach Bo Porter waved him around. Jayson Werth's throw beat Ramirez by 10 feet.
"When I see Werth's throw coming to the plate, I'm thinking the game is over," manager Charlie
With the ball and plenty of time, Barajas stood to tag Ramirez, bracing for a confrontation.
Ramirez slid into him, getting his right foot to the plate before the tag. Barajas and Manuel fiercely
argued, but the call stood, and the game continued.
Huge mistake number two.
"It was a mess," Barajas said. "I caught the ball down low and wasn't sure what [Ramirez] was going
to do. I didn't want to get down low and have him get a good shot at me and maybe knock the ball out. I
wanted to make sure I was in a strong position."
While Manuel and Barajas both felt that a runner will get called out 99 out of 100 times when he is
beat by so much, Manuel conceded that Barajas should "smother the guy, not even let him get to the
Two pitches later, Myers uncorked his 27th pitch of the inning, a wild pitch that forced him from
the game with what was diagnosed as a right shoulder strain, and an incredible source of worry for the
Clay Condrey entered and completed the walk to Miguel Olivo, then was nearly speared on Todd
Lindens comebacker, that he somehow snared.
"It was either that or [off my] throat," Condrey said. "I don't know what happened after I
caught the ball. I don't know how we scored. I don't know we got out of the next-half inning. I can't talk
about it, but I'll dream about it."
The Phillies did score on a bouncing ball stroked by Abraham Nunez -- fittingly past a diving
Ramirez -- that Condrey made stand. Jimmy Rollins, who shook off an 8-for-60 skid with a single to start
the 10th, scored the winning run.
"That was the craziest game I've ever seen," third-base coach Steve Smith said.
"I don't know how, but we got it," Manuel said.
In the clubhouse, some of the Phillies tried to shake off what will be a devastating blow if Myers
has to miss time. With Dobbs standing right there, Rowand joked that he can laugh at Dobbs' play because the
Barajas echoed the sentiment.
"It would have been disappointing if we lost, but the fact that we were able to pull it out, we can
look back and laugh at some of these plays," Barajas said.
With Myers sitting 10 feet behind him, Dobbs still wasn't feeling victorious, and lamented the
potential high price of his mental lapse.
"I still can't grasp what I did," he said. "It might be the stupidest play in the history of baseball. I feel tremendously responsible for that inning. There's no way that should happen. It was unforgivable. I'm praying to God that Brett is going to be OK. I'm praying that I didn't aid in him being out for an extended amount of time. I haven't talked to him yet, because I'm sick to my stomach. I want to eat, but I can't."
Dobbs will likely eat at some point, though he'll have trouble digesting it all.