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2011 Moment: #7 Hunter Pence Trade

(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Some say that July 29th should be a holiday for the Philadelphia Phillies franchise.

It was on that day in 2009 that the Phillies acquired Cliff Lee from the Indians. On July 29th 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies added another Ace to their staff, Roy Oswalt from the Houston Astros.

One year later, Philadelphia was astonished one more time. On July 29th 2011, the Phillies acquired right fielder Hunter Pence in a trade. He was traded from the Houston Astros for pitcher Jarred Cosart, first baseman Jonathon Singleton,  pitcher Josh Zeid and a player to be named later.

Hunter Pence brought a youthful and fresh look to the Phillies line up. He added protection for Ryan Howard and fit right in with the team. Not only did he fit in with the team from the start, but also the fans. Philadelphia fell in love with Hunter Pence the day he put on the red and white pinstripes.

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Domo-Nation

The Phillies haven’t gotten much production from the bench all season. But Domonic Brown isn’t your ordinary bench player. He helped propel the Phils to a 6-4 win over the Mets on Friday night.

With the Phillies trailing 3-2, late in the game, Brown led off the inning with a single to center field.

Jimmy Rollins followed with a double scoring Brown to tie the game.

In the 9th, Brown struck again with an RBI single to score Carlos Ruiz giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Despite only playing two innings, Brown went 2-for-2 and scored two runs in addition to his RBI knock.

The Phillies added two more runs in the inning on RBI sacrifice fly by Rollins and a single by Placido Polanco.

Roy Oswalt had a solid start and pitched six innings giving up two runs on nine hits with two strike outs. He has given up only three runs in his last two starts.

Ruiz went one-for-three with two runs scored and a walk in the win. Rollins was two-for-four with three RBIs.

The Phillies will send Cole Hamels to the mound against the Mets tomorrow.

2B: Rollins (10).

WP: Bastardo (3-0). LP: Rodriguez (1-1). S: Madson (10).

Boxscore.

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Blanton’s First Victory

Placido Polanco slides safley into home after Ross Gload's RBI single in the 3rd. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

It’s baby steps for Joe Blanton.

In his return from the disabled list, Blanton allowed three runs in the first two innings. He settled down as he scattered eight hits over five innings along with two strikeouts and two walks as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4, Monday night.

Blanton also forced four double play balls in his five innings, an inkling of the keep-it-down approach taught in high school.

Jimmy Rollins started the first of a three-game series against the Marlins with a lead-off homer making it his 36th career lead-off homer. However, that would be the only run the Phillies scored in the first inning after Howard gets caught up at home plate.

The Marlins struck back in the bottom of the 1st when Gaby Sanchez doubled to center field scoring Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez giving them a 2-1 lead over the Phils.

Blanton then gave up a walk to Stanton, but the inning would end with the former Phillie Greg Dobbs hitting a liner to Howard who tossed to second to start a double play.

The Marlins were able to tack on another run when Coghlan hit an RBI single to score Omar Infante taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd. Read more of this post

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