Stat Line Of The Night – 5/15/12 – Hunter Pence

The Philadelphia Phillies currently sit in last place in the National League East, and they have really missed sluggers Chase Utley and Ryan Howard so far, who are unavailable because of injuries.  Last night the Phillies took on the Houston Astros at home in Citizen’s Bank Park, looking to build on a short two game win streak and try to keep up with the  recently hot fourth place Miami Marlins, and Hunter Pence ensured that they would.  The Phillies sent one of their many aces, Cliff Lee, to the mound to face off against the Astros’ Jordan Lyles.

The Philles staked Lee with the lead early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then another in the sixth on Pence’s solo home run.  The Phillies’ starter cruised through most of the game, not allowing a run until the seventh inning.  Lee finished the night with 8 innings pitched, 1 earned run, and 10 strikeouts.  But that wasn’t enough to earn him the honors of this article.  Chad Qualls blew the lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Pence made sure that that would not make a difference.  In the bottom of the tenth inning, Pence strode up to the plate and hit a walk-off home run to win the game.

Pence finished the night 3-5 with 2 home runs, one of them being the walk-off which would keep Philadelphia close behind the Miami Marlins.  Pence has had a decrease in performance without the protection of having Utley and Howard in the lineup – his batting average is a mere .255 after Tuesday night’s game – but Pence’s powerful two homer display to win the game for the Phillies earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for May 15, 2012.

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