Phillies 7, Pirates 4
Game 106 - Saturday Night, July 30th in Philadelphia
One Sentence Summary: With Hunter Pence batting fifth in the tonight's line-up, Ryan Howard had all the protection he needed, going 4 for 4 in the 7-4 Phillies victory.
What It Means: The Phils improve to 67-39 and they'll go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
What Went Right: The big story was Pence's debut, as the newly acquired right fielder was batting fifth in the line-up and wearing #3. Pence should have had a hit in his first at-bat, but a bad call by the umpire sent him back to the bench. He finished the night at 1 for 5, with an RBI single in the eighth.
Howard fell a triple short of the cycle. He hit a solo home run in the second - his 21st of the year. In the third, he hit an RBI-double to left for his 1,000th career hit. He followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth and another double in the sixth.
Cliff Lee (10-7) got back on track with an 11-strikeout performance, allowing four runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Ryan Madson struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save.
Featured Card: The Big Piece displays his weapon of choice in this year's Allen & Ginter release.
Transactions: When Pence was added to the active roster today, Domonic Brown was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Brown is going to switch over to left field and he began the learning process tonight with the Iron Pigs. (Current left fielder Raul Ibanez is a free agent at the end of the season.) Placido Polanco was activated off the disabled list and reliever Drew Carpenter was optioned out.