Philadelphia Phillies: Top-10 moments from 2008 World Championship run

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Utley nabs Bartlett at home in World Series game five

After 48 hours between part one and part two of game five of the World Series, the Phillies and Rays were looking to gain some momentum once the game resumed. The Phillies quickly scored to go ahead 3-2, but the Rays quickly responded, tying the game up at three.

With Akinori Iwamura at the plate and JC Romero pitching, the Rays were looking to knock in Jason Bartlett to go ahead with two outs in the seventh. Romero fired a fastball that Iwamura hit a grounder up the middle that Utley fielded on the run, moving away from first base.

Rather than throwing to first, Utley faked a throw to first and saw Bartlett round third and head for home. On the run, behind second base Utley threw a one-hopped perfect strike to home plate, where Ruiz secured it and applied the tag onto Bartlett.

This play was a momentum shifter in that series. If that ball gets through or Bartlett scores then the Rays take the lead and may end up winning that game. Down 3-2 in the series and heading back to Tampa, who knows what happens then.

Instead, Utley made perhaps the play of the series, keeping the game tied. The Phillies then came up in the bottom of the seventh with the momentum swung back onto their side and scored one of the most significant runs in franchise history.

Which brings us to the most memorableplay in the entire series.