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Three Runs Does It For Phillies

Scoring three runs (or more) has been good for the Phillies this year.

Three Runs Does It For Phillies

Shane Victorino scores Phillies´ fourth run last Wednesday in St. Louis (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Shane Victorino scores Phillies' fourth run last Wednesday in St. Louis (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) AP

This season, the Phillies have more wins (10) when they score exactly three runs than any other number they hang on the board.

They are 43-10 when they score three runs or more, 33-3 when they score four or more. (Those records were 84-27 and 73-14 in 2010.)

The Phillies’ records this season and last based on the number of runs they scored in each game:

        2011 2010
  0 Runs 0-5 0-11
  1 Run 1-9 6-17
  2 Runs 5-6 7-10
  3 Runs     10-7      11-13
  4 Runs 6-1 6-  2
  5 Runs 8-2 11-  6
  6 Runs 2-0 7-  3
  7 Runs 6-0 13-  1
  8 Runs 2-0 9-  0
  9 Runs 2-0 10-  1
10 Runs 6-0 7-  1
11 Runs 1-0 5-  0
12 Runs 4-  0
14 Runs 1-  0

It's yet more proof that three is a magic number.

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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