Phillies Bats Working Late

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Sparked by a revamped heart-of-the-order, the Phillies rallied from three runs down to beat the Brewers. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Sure, it took until July 17 for the Phillies to win a 2012 game in which they trailed after the seventh inning. And it took until Monday night for them to take home a victory when they were behind after eight. Which makes it even harder to deal with this little tidbit:

The Fightin's lead the National League in batting average (.270) during Innings 7-8-9. And they are second in the NL in runs scored (137) during that time, behind only the Cardinals (143).

Here are each major league team's statistics for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings (complete through Monday's games):

NL H-   AB R Avg.        AL H-   AB R Avg.
Phillies 288-1066 137 .270   Royals    277-1024    120    .271
Cardinals       270-1031    143    .262   Red Sox 278-1035 134 .269
Reds 261-1015 137 .257   Rangers 265-1010 133 .262
Rockies 258-1024 122 .252   Yankees 257-  996 146 .258
Mets 255-1016 135 .251   Tigers 259-1008 119 .257
Giants 246-  987 93 .249   Indians 254-1014 109 .250
Cubs 249-1010 134 .247   Twins 257-1035 117 .248
Padres 252-1030 120 .246   Angels 236-  988 112 .239
Marlins 243-  994 123 .244   Blue Jays 238-  978 121 .237
Dodgers 242-  995 115 .243   Orioles 232-  995 100 .233
D'backs 237-  986 100 .240   Athletics 222-  985 108 .225
Nationals 237-  998 106 .237   White Sox   221-  982 103 .225
Brewers 231-  985 113 .235   Mariners 217-1025 93 .212
Braves 230-  997 115 .231   Rays 190-  951 100 .200
Astros 230-1013 97 .227    
Pirates 201-  937 108 .215  

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