Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Phillies Postcards - Hunter Pence

Phillies 9, Mets 4
Game 159 - Sunday Afternoon, September 25th in Flushing

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils snapped their ridiculous eight-game losing streak with a definitive 9-4 win over the Mets.

What It Means:  The Phillies pounded out 19 hits on the way to their 99th win of the season.  Phillies fans can relax and chalk up the last eight games to just a post-clinch hangover.  The offense is back, and everything is just fine.  (Right?)

What Went Right:  Batting third in the order, Hunter Pence atoned for his costly Saturday night error with a two-run home run in the first.  He finished with three hits and three RBIs.  Carlos Ruiz went four-for-four with two RBIs and Jimmy Rollins added three hits.

Roy Halladay (19-6) pitched an abbreviated outing, given the score and the pending postseason.  He allowed four hits while striking out three.

Featured Cards:  Last Sunday night, the Phillies gave away a set of nine postcards to every adult attending the game.  My brother-in-law Bill attended the game with his Dad, and he was kind enough to pass along a set to me.  The postcards are the same size and stock of the two team-issued sets that have been available for purchase at the ballpark throughout the year.  The set consists of Phillies highlights throughout the year, including "The Trade" for Pence in July.  The full checklist is as follows:

1.  Header Card - Featuring a montage of action shots from throughout the 2011 season
2.  Pitching In - Wilson Valdez, 5/25/11
3.  Three Consecutive Shutouts - Cliff Lee, 6/28/11
4.  All-Star Starter - Roy Halladay, 7/12/11
5.  Retro Night - Cole Hamels, 7/22/11
6.  Hall of Fame Executive - Pat Gillick, 7/24/11
7.  The Trade - Hunter Pence, 7/29/11
8.  Harry Kalas Statue Dedication, 8/16/11
9.  2011 Philadelphia Phillies Team Photo


Play at the Plate said...

Nice set. "The Trade". That's an understatement. It should read "THE Trade".

Jim said...

Totally agree. I'm not sure where this offense would be without Pence.