Sunday, August 31, 2014
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One (Inning) Is Not Enough

Those eight other Innings beat Phils.

One (Inning) Is Not Enough

Ryan Howard (left) congratulates Jimmy Rollins (right) after Rollins scored in the third inning. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Ryan Howard (left) congratulates Jimmy Rollins (right) after Rollins scored in the third inning. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Having the bats show up for just one inning — even a very good inning — is rarely enough to win in major league baseball.

The Phillies proved that last night when the lead they were staked to during a four-run third inning was teetering all night and went "tilt" on a Ryan Zimmerman walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning.

During the Phillies' third inning, they went 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position (yet only scored four runs) and actually had only one batter put out; the other two outs were on runners already on base.

A look at the Phils' offense during that inning as compared to the other eight the umpires insisted they had to play:

        Third Inn.     Other Inns.
Batters 9 27
Pitches 23 107
H-AB 7-9 1-24
   Batting Avg. .778 .042
Walks 0 3
   OBA .778 .111
Batters Put Out 1 21
Runners Put Out     2 3
Total Bases 9 2
   Doubles 2 1
   Triples 1 0
Slugging Pct. 1.000 .083
RISP 5-6 0-2
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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