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If you are a Philadelphia Phillies fan, you have probably realized that the Phillies rarely lose a series but they rarely have swept a series as well. The Phillies have failed to sweep the opposition 15 times this season when they’ve taken the first two of a three game series.
It seemed apparent that the Phillies were happy winning the series, while the opposition was adamant about not getting swept. Those two things combined meant a Phillies loss.
Pence arrived in Philadelphia for the second game of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the game never felt in doubt despite the 7-4 final score. The final game of the series (the next night) looked as if the Phillies were sleep-walking through another series finale.
The Phillies trailed by two runs late in the game but Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer to score Pence, and than that combination struck again in extra-innings when Raul drove in Pence for the game winner.
It became apparent at that moment that the Phillies finally got the piece of the puzzle that they have been missing. They got Hunter Pence and they got back their killer instinct.
This team has been defined by their "swagger" and confidence during their reign as NL East Champions. Even though this team owned the best record in MLB before they even acquired Hunter Pence, they still often looked like they were often just going through the motions.
Hunter Pence is cherishing every moment he spends with the Philadelphia Phillies and that heart has reminded the veterans on this team how important every game is. Watch out Atlanta Braves, that deficit in the NL East will continue to get bigger and bigger.