Count Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle among one of the many who were truly impressed by the Phillies acquisition of Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros.
Hurdle was effusive in his praise before the Phillies swept the Pirates with Sunday’s 6-5 win in 10 innings at Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was a game in which Pence scored the winning run after he and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive one-out doubles.
“He brings a defensive edge,” Hurdle said. “He brings a guy who can win games on field, on the base paths.”
And on offense?