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Eye Openers: Comparing Phillies' Big Inning

A look at the big inning put up by the Phils, Red Sox and Twins so far this week.

Eye Openers: Comparing Phillies' Big Inning

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. 

  PHILLIES TWINS RED SOX
Day Tuesday Tuesday Monday
Opponent at Cardinals      at Giants      vs. Padres    
Inning 8th 1st 7th
Score Before Inning Down, 2-1 Tied, 0-0 Tied, 3-3
Batters 14 12 14
Runs 9 8 10
Hits 5 9 5
   Extra-Base Hits 0 5 2
Walks 4 0 4
Hits Batsmen 2 0 2
   Consecutive Batters HBP       Yes No Yes
Errors 0 1 0
Left on Base 2 1 1
GIDP 0 1 0
Pitchers Faced 5 2 4
Pitches 64 30 68
   Balls 36 4 32

 

EYE OPENERS

♦ 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.

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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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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