The Phillies' big eighth inning Tuesday was just one of three in the majors so far this week. Below is a detailed look at each, but first a few notes ...
♦ Both the Phillies' and Red Sox' innings featured consecutive hit batsmen, three of the four with the bases loaded to force in a run.
♦ The Phillies and Red Sox each saw at least 60 pitches in their innings. The Twins saw just 30; Giants pitches threw just four balls in that inning.
♦ The Twins' inning sounds like a drum solo - single, double, single, double, single, double, single, double, strike out, double, error, double play. (Rim shot!)
♦ The Phillies managed their big inning without benefit of an extra-base hit. The Twins had theirs despite grounding into a double-play.
♦ The Twins’ eight consecutive hits to lead off the game tied a major league record. It was last done by the Cubs against the Pirates on Sept. 8, 2009.
|Opponent||at Cardinals||at Giants||vs. Padres|
|Score Before Inning||Down, 2-1||Tied, 0-0||Tied, 3-3|
|Consecutive Batters HBP||Yes||No||Yes|
|Left on Base||2||1||1|
♦ The Cardinals entered Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a team batting average of .272. At that point, a total of three Phillies were hitting better than .258.
♦ The Phillies' bullpen saw its scoreless streak end at 19.1 innings Tuesday.