Where does Phils' collapse rank among worst regular-season Philly losses ever?


The Phillies' 8-7 loss Thursday night to the Mets was gut-wrenching. Dropping a six-run lead in the ninth inning, at home, to a bitter division rival is certainly the worst loss of the season.

But where does it rank among the worst regular-season losses in Philadelphia sports history? 

Side note: Do you realize this is the third time in the last four seasons the Phillies have lost a game in which they had a lead of seven or more runs? That seems like a lot, but they blew three seven-run leads in three months in 1929.

I’m sure you have some losses that you hold near and dear to your heart — if you really do, there is help out there — but this is our list. For now.

10 (tie). Jan. 2, 1993 — Kings 154, 76ers 98, and March 6, 1993 — SuperSonics 149, 76ers 93

The 1992-93 Sixers were the first for the team after Charles Barkley forced a trade to Phoenix, and the results ... weren’t great. After a 15-20 start to the season, the Sixers finished the season 11-36, including a pair a 56-point losses two months apart, tied for the most lopsided losses in franchise history.

9. March 17, 2021 — Rangers 9, Flyers 0

We don’t have to take a long trip to find this debacle. After the Flyers went down 2-0 through 20 minutes, the Rangers dropped seven goals in the second period. Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad tied an NHL record with six points in that period, including a natural hat trick in a span of a little more than 10 minutes.

8. Dec. 5, 2005 — Seahawks 42, Eagles 0

When the season started, a lot of fans had this game circled as a must-see: a showdown at home against a Super Bowl contender on national television. Then the Terrell Owens saga came to a head, he was sent home for good in November and the Eagles came apart as a franchise. When the team retired Reggie White’s number in a halftime ceremony, the stands were half-empty.

7. Jan. 30, 1969 — Blackhawks 12, Flyers 0

The season before the Broad Street Bullies began, the Flyers were pushed around quite a bit early in their existence, and this was the most one-sided loss in team history. Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent was supposed to get the night off. His backup Doug Favell didn’t make it out of the first period, getting the hook after allowing a half dozen goals.

6. Dec. 23, 2015 — Bucks 113, 76ers 100

This wasn’t painful as a single loss, but what it represented: the low point in the 76ers’ storied history. The loss dropped the Process squad to 1-30 on the season, and dating back to the previous campaign, was its 40th loss in 41 games. That’s half a season of futility. But hey, Carl Landry dropped 10 points in 13 minutes off the bench.

5. Oct. 21, 2018 — Panthers 21, Eagles 17

The Eagles dominated the first three quarters, taking a 17-0 lead. Carolina had seven first downs entering the fourth, when it scored on three straight possessions. On their final possession, the Eagles drove into the Panthers’ red zone, but the drive stalled out as Carson Wentz was sacked and coughed up the ball on fourth down at the 14-yard line.

4. May 5, 2022 — Mets 8, Phillies 7

You know all the details, since it happened only last night. Six-run lead entering the ninth and the wheels fall off. The only thing keeping it from being ranked higher is where it happened in the season. There’s plenty of time to turn things around, right? RIGHT?!?

3. March 28, 1991 — Capitals 3, Flyers 0

The Flyers were clawing for a playoff spot and a head-to-head showdown at home against Washington presented a good opportunity. The home team sleepwalked through a must-win game, totaling just 21 shots on goal. 

2. Sept. 7, 2005 — Astros 8, Phillies 6

The 2005 Phillies were in a tight division race with the Braves, until the Astros hit town. Bobby Abreu hit a huge three-run homer to give the home team a 6-5 lead. Phils closer Billy Wagner got the first two batters out in the ninth, then David Bell booted a ground ball. Two batters later, Craig Biggio took Wagner deep, prompting Hall of Fame play-by-play man Harry Kalas to say, “All the runs are unearned, but so what.”

1. Sept. 21, 1964 — Reds 1, Phillies 0

The 1964 Phillies were cruising toward what would have been their first NL pennant since 1950. They led the National League by 6.5 games with 12 games remaining. This game began the most epic collapse by a team in history to that point. Chico Ruiz stole home for the game’s only run, with two outs and two strikes on the hitter, Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson. They went on to lose 10 in a row, and lost the pennant by a single game to the Cardinals.

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