Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tripling Down With Victorino

Victorino finally gets off the triple schneid.

Tripling Down With Victorino

Shane Victorino hit his first triple of the year Sunday night against the Nationals. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
Shane Victorino hit his first triple of the year Sunday night against the Nationals. (Yong Kim/Staff File Photo)
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Sure, it was great that the Phillies tacked on a couple of field goals in the ninth inning Sunday night to seal their 9-3 win over the Nationals and avoid a sweep. But we were more happy to finally see Shane Victorino get off the triple schneid.

In each of the last four seasons, it took less than two weeks for him to record his first three-bagger. It took him until game 29 (and plate appearance 128) to do so this year.

Here is when Victorino recorded his first triple every season since 2007, the first year he came out of Phillies' spring training as an everyday starter:


 2007  49th  205th    3
 2008    5th    21st      8
 2009    3rd    10th  13
 2010    8th    38th  10
 2011    5th    15th  16
 2012  29th  128th    ?
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