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On this date: 2009 Bruntlett's triple play

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Eric Bruntlett was involved in a lot of big moments during his brief Phillies career, huh?

This is one of those games and moments you remember where you were when it happened.

Because it occurred on a Sunday in late August, I imagine many Phillies fans watched it the same way I did - at my fantasy football draft.

In a room with 11 other guys, we watched the Phillies score six runs in the first inning off Oliver Perez. They added a few more runs along the way and entered the 9th inning up 9-6.

Of course, this was the year after Brad Lidge's 48-for-48 season, one in which he was brutal closing games out. He gave up a run in the 9th and had runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out. The Mets looked like they were going to pull this one out.

That's when Luis Castillo and Daniel Murphy both decided it was time to try and steal. Old friend Jeff Francoeur was at the plate and hit a liner right to Bruntlett, who stepped on second to double off Castillo and then tagged out Murphy for the unassisted triple play.

It was the 15th unassisted triple play in the modern era, and it was just the second unassisted triple play to end a game.

Lidge got his 25th save, lowering his ERA to a still-ghastly 6.90. But the Phillies won, pushed their record to 71-50 and stayed 6 1/2 games up in the NL East.

It turned out to be a good day.