On September 30, 2007, the Philadelphia Phillies began what has become one of their best three-year runs in franchise history. On that day, they defeated the Washington Nationals 6-1 to clinch the National League Eastern division crown. Almost a year later, the Phils reclaimed their title as division champions by once again defeating the Nationals. Moving to 2009, we see this same opportunity once again. The thought-to-be insurmountable eight-game lead over the Atlanta Braves had taken a considerable hit, shrinking to as low as four. For days, the Phils' magic number seemed to be at a standstill. Tonight, exactly two years after their first division title in 14 years, the Phillies can clinch their third consecutive NL East championship with either a win or an Atlanta Braves loss. Jamie Moy ...
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