Sep 182011
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Hunter Pence reacts to winning his first division title

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Phillies are NL East champions

September 18 Courier-Post

When the celebration began, it was Ryan Madson on the mound. He’s celebrated all five of the Phillies’ division titles. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz soon joined him near the mound. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley exchanged hugs behind second base. They’ve been here through it all, too. The crowd was on its feet throughout the ninth inning, despite the sizable lead. The celebration reached well beyond the white lines on the field.

Around the Diamond: Phillies 9, Cardinals 2

September 18 CSN Philly

First impression: The countdown to the Phillies’ fifth straight National League East title is over. The Phils locked up the division in grand style with a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Raul Ibanez capped the triumphant night with a grand slam in the eighth inning.

Phils’ Pence enjoys his first taste of victory

September 18 CSN Philly

Hunter Pence always hustles. He’s one of those guys who has just one speed — fast. So when Chase Utley beat the play to second when Pence hit an infield chopper with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning on Saturday night at the Bank, Pence got the extra inch he needed to beat the throw to first.  Pence’s single gave the Phillies a late three-run cushion, but actually did more damage than that. Had the newest Phils’ starter not beat out the throw, Raul Ibanez would not have come to the plate to belt the grand slam that got the party started a little early on Saturday night.

Champion Phils keep celebration in check; bigger goals lie ahead

September 18 CSN Philly

The Phillies completed the climb to the top of the National League East mountaintop on Saturday night, and they acted like they’d been there before. They shook hands, they hugged, they popped some champagne corks and puffed on some victory cigars.  All in all, though, the celebration was rather muted, somewhat routine and definitely controlled. The Phillies, indeed, have been here before. Their division clinching, 9-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals (see game breakdown) marked the fifth straight year that they have won the NL East.

Milestones mean little

September 18 Courier-Post

There’s a drawer in a desk in Charlie Manuel’s home where he keeps the rings he’s earned for finishing in second place. He doesn’t take them out, and he doesn’t wear them. Manuel has enjoyed some amazing seasons throughout his career – from finishing with baseball’s best record a year ago to his tenure in Cleveland, when the Indians won 100 games during the strike-shortened 1995 season.

After poor season, Phils’ Brown still confident

September 18 CSN Philly

Dom Brown is going to finish up the season with the Phillies and then he’s going to do some fishing. That’s it. Sure, he’ll work out and prepare for spring training in February of 2012, but there will be no Fall League, no winter ball, no baseball games.  Just fishing.  In the meantime, Brown will finish his schizophrenic season where it was supposed to begin …

Phils’ call-up Savery happy to make detour

September 18 CSN Philly

Joe Savery planned to start the long drive home to Houston on Saturday. When he was unexpectedly told to make a detour to Philadelphia, it was kind of fitting. Nothing, you see, has gone according to plan for the left-handed pitcher this season.  He began the year as a hitter in the low minors and ended it as a reliever in Triple A. His work out of the bullpen at Triple A was good enough to earn him a spot on the Phillies’ 40-man roster and a look-see at the big-league level for the final 13 games of the regular season.

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