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Phillies Blogathon: Hour 32

You can score the Phils' trade for Hunter Pence a winning move.

Phillies Blogathon: Hour 32

Remember the big deal it was when the Phillies won the first 12 games in which Hunter Pence got a hit after his trade from the Astros?

Well, try this one on for size: They win the first 19 games in which he scored a run for them. Including Wednesday's season finale, they were 25-2 when he crossed home plate. That's a nice, little .926 winning percentage.

Here are the Phils' records when their players with at least 20 runs scored this season:

Player       W-  L      Pct.
Hunter Pence 25-  2 .926
Ben Francisco 17-  3 .850
Chase Utley 36-  7 .837
Placido Polanco 31-  8 .795
Ryan Howard 50-13 .794
Jimmy Rollins 48-14 .774
Domonic Brown 17-  5 .773
Michael Martinez      17-  5 .773
Shane Victorino 56-17 .767
Raul Ibanez 34-11 .756
Wilson Valdez 24-  8 .750
John Mayberry 23-  8 .742
Carlos Ruiz 30-12 .714
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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