Sunday, December 21, 2014

Single Digits (July 22)

Single Digits

Single Digits (July 22)

A half-dozen quick stats that caught our attention recently ...

♦ Phillies batters have not drawn a walk since Saturday. That covers two-plus games totaling 96 plate appearances. They went four games in a row last April without drawing a bases on balls (137 PAs). The1919-20 Phillies and the 1915 Cincinnati Reds went seven consecutive games without a walk ... 

♦ ... The Phillies did manage 14 hits Monday without one of them going for extra bases. The last time they did that was July 5, 1996 ... The last time they did that in a loss was April 22,1989 ... 

♦ ... And if you put the 14 hits, zero walks and zero extra-base hits together, you get something that had not been done by the Phillies in at least 100 seasons. It's just the 14th time in all of major league baseball it has been done in that time, and the first since Oakland on June 3, 1989. The last team to pull that so-called hat trick in a loss was San Diego on July 8, 1978.

Buster Posey is now hitting .407 lifetime against the Phillies (24-for-59 in 15 regular season games). That is the highest batting average by any active player with that many at-bats against them. The Cubs' Chris Coghlan (25-for-57) is hitting .439 vs. the local nine. The Phils have finished with the Cubs for 2014.

Cliff Lee has now allowed 90 hits in 72 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed more hits than IP in 8 of his 11 starts.

♦ Before Monday, Lee had allowed five earned runs in 51 career regular season innings against the Giants. Monday, he allowed six ER in 5 2/3 innings against them.

 

 


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.

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