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Phils Need to Get Away

Phillies have had trouble recently on road getaway days.

Phils Need to Get Away

The Phillies have struggled in series-ending games lately, including Sunday´s loss in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press/AP)
The Phillies have struggled in series-ending games lately, including Sunday's loss in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press/AP)

The Phillies opened the season with victories in each of their first five road getaway games (final game of a series before traveling). Since then, they have lost seven of eight, including Sunday to the Blue Jays:

Date Opponent Result
May 15 at Braves L   2-   3
May 17 at Cardinals      L   1-   2
May 29 at Mets L   5-   9
June 1 at Nationals L   1-   2
June 5 at Pirates   W   7-   3
June 17 at Mariners L   0-   2
June 23     at Cardinals L   2- 12
July 3 at Blue Jays L   4-   7
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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

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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