Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Phillies As Easy as 4, 5, 6

Pirates found it hard to get through the middle of Phils' lineup.

Phillies As Easy as 4, 5, 6

Hunter Pence congratulates Ryan Howard after a home run. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Hunter Pence congratulates Ryan Howard after a home run. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

The Pirates had to go through the Phillies' fourth, fifth and sixth hitters 10 times in games Saturday and Sunday. Nine of those 10 times, at least one of them reached base (bold) ... and seven times, a run was produced (bold CAPS).

The breakdown:

2nd Inn. HOMERED Grounded Out Reached on Error     
3rd DOUBLED Flied Out Walked (Int.)
4th/5th SINGLED Fielder's Choice        Popped Out
6th/7th Doubled Grounded Out Struck Out
8th Walked (Int.)      SINGLED Flied Out
1st/2nd Inn. Struck out Popped Out HOMERED
4th Grounded out Struck Out Struck Out
5th/6th Flied Out Walked Flied Out
8th Doubled Fielder's Choice HOMERED
10th Struck Out Doubled DOUBLED
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