Sep 142011
Phillies RF Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence doubled in his first at bat back in Houston

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Phils again make Astros look good

September 14 Courier-Post 

“There is no hidden trove of champagne or plastic wrap taped above the lockers in the visiting clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. This was never going to be a celebration.  The Phillies goals are bigger than just a postseason berth. They want a division title. They want home-field advantage. They want 100 wins and utter dominance of the National League.

Manuel airs out Phils after loss to lowly Astros

September 14 CSN Philly 

Charlie Manuel has been like the father of a perfect teenager this season. The kid does his homework, minds his manners, is always respectful, never gets in trouble. As a result dad never has to raise his voice and that blood pressure always stays an even 120/80.  Now we’re going to see how the teenager reacts after dad got angry. We’re going to see if dad can get the kid back on track after a rare slip-up.

Around the Diamond: Phils-Astros breakdown

September 14 CSN Philly columnist Jim Salisbury

First Impression: The Phillies lost their second game in a row to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. The score was 5-2. The Phils have been outscored 10-3 in two nights by the worst team in the majors.  The Phillies have lost three in a row for the first time since the first week of June. A loss in Wednesday’s series finale would mark the first time that they have been swept in a series of at least three games since Aug. 23-26, 2010 when Houston took four straight from at Citizens Bank Park.

Why does Hunter Pence choke up?

September 14 CSN Philly 

Asked Hunter Pence why he choked up on the bat the other day.   His answer: “I was always a Barry Bonds fan and if it worked for him …”  Reasonable enough.  Pence has been with the Phillies for 39 games. The team is 28-11 in those contests. He entered Tuesday night’s game, his 40th with the club, hitting .325 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and a .952 OPS.

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