Pence is welcomed by the fans and the Phanatic last night in Philly
The Phillies won their second game against the Pirates last night before another enthusiastic sold out crowd that welcomed Hunter Pence to the team with a nice standing ovation. Pence would have got his first hit as a Phillie, but the first base umpire, Angel Hernandez, called Pence out on the play when he was clearly safe. Hernandez had a perfect view of the play and just blew it.
Ryan Howard had one of those games, he was 4-4 with 3 RBI on the night. He also notched his 1,000th hit last night, when informed about it from the post game interview with Gary Mathews, Howard said, ‘oh, that’s cool, I didn’t know about that.’ Now that’s a ballplayer, he just goes out there and does his job and doesn’t worry about statistics, he’ll have plenty of time to look at those after he retires many years from now. Howard is continuing to evolve as an all around baseball player, not simply a home run threat.
The addition of Pence was what the Phillies needed to give a bit of spark to this batting lineup. Pence will start getting down to business and getting his hits soon enough. He also said he was ‘ecstatic’ to be here in Philly, and was really impressed by the way the fans welcomed him.
Cliff Lee was again not lights out last night, he showed that vulnerable side of him by giving up 8 H and 4 R over 7.2 innings, but this is baseball and Lee looks like he is trying hard but somehow is giving up the long ball. Lee has given up 5 HR in the month of July, in June he didn’t give up any home runs.
The Phils go for the sweep this afternoon in Philly, it should be a nice hot day out there and it’s going to be the second game for Hunter Pence and his new team.
By the Numbers
|Phils Best BA as of 7/30||.305- Shane Victorino|
|Most 2B hits as of 7/30||23 – Ryan Howard|
|Most 3B hits as of 7/30||12 – Shane Victorino|
|2nd in RBI on the Phillies 7/30||55- Raul Ibanez (Howard is first with 81 RBI)|