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Burn it, Salt it, Forget it: Astros 4, Phillies 3

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The Phils completed a couldn't-have-sucked-more long Labor Day weekend in Houston with yet another come-from-ahead one-run loss to the somehow non-contending Astros. Hunter Pence, whom I refer to only as "U. Pants," got them again, driving in three runs including two on a two-run homer off Jamie Moyer, and scoring two including the game-winner, on a bases-loaded Chan Ho Park walk. 

Again, the Phils pitched just well enough to lose and hit too badly to win anything after 1968, scoring four runs or less for the 13th game in a row, stranding the bases loaded once and failing to score a man on third base with one out twice. The team is hitting around .150 in its last 100 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Injuries can't be blamed today, as the whole regular lineup was on the field, and 4-5-6 hitters Ryan Howard (3-4 including a monster HR), Raul Ibanez (1-3, BB, solo HR) and Jayson Werth (1-2, 2 BB, double) all played well. But the rest of the team went 2-24. 

Jamie Moyer deserved a much better fate. Making an emergency start three days after working three innings Friday night, the venerable lefty held Houston to the two runs on the Pants homer, three hits and a walk in six innings, striking out four. But Park immediately allowed back to back doubles, to Tejada and of course Pants, and after a long flyout that moved the winning run to third, walked Darin Erstad (intentionally, because it's 2000 dontcha know), Jason Michaels, and Michael Bourn to force that shiv in.

The Good Phight devoutly hopes you spent your Labor Day doing something else, anything else, than watching this grotesque.