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Archive: June, 2011

Ruiz Improves On His Junes

Friday, July 1, 2011, 2:00 AM
Even though he is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz managed to to do something this past month that he hadn't done in June since 2007 ... hit over .200 ... although not by much. His career batting average by month (April includes March; September includes October): Year... Read more

Phils' Minor Leaguers K It Up

Thursday, June 30, 2011, 1:05 AM
Twenty different pitchers took the mound for the Phillies' top six minor league affiliates Wednesday night and they combined to record 64 strikeouts in 54 innings. The breakdown: LEHIGH VALLEY (AAA) L/R Age IP SO Tim Redding R 33 4.0 4 Les Walrond L 34 2.0 3 Justin De Fratus R 23 2... Read more

Cliff Lee Leftovers

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 12:00 PM
Just in case you haven't had enough of Cliff Lee yet today ... ♦ He has more RBI this month (2) than runs allowed (1). ♦ Lee’s opponents’ batting average this month reads like an interstate: .151. (Before you ask, it runs for about 330 miles through Iowa and Wisconsin.) ♦... Read more

Domonic's Home Homers

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 1:34 AM
Domonic Brown has hit six of his seven career home runs at Citizens Bank Park, but his batting average is 50 points higher on the road. At CBP, Brown has almost as many homers (6) as single (7). Brown's career regular season home/road splits through Tuesday: Home Road GP/GS 38/23 30/18 H-AB 18-94 19-78 ... Read more

Phillies/Red Sox All-DL Team

Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 1:24 AM
You wouldn't have many moves off the bench (one, and only if you don't mind burning your backup catcher), but you could at least field a major league lineup with players that have appeared on either of the 2011 disabled lists of the Phillies or Red Sox. And although we did take some minor liberties... Read more

Three Runs Does It For Phillies

Monday, June 27, 2011, 12:45 AM
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... Read more

Worley's Phils Longest No-Hit Bid

Saturday, June 25, 2011, 12:50 AM
Four times this season, a Phillies pitcher has taken a no-hitter into the fifth inning. One was by Vance Worley, who didn't allow a hit to the Athletics until the sixth inning Friday. Two others were by Roy Oswalt, who was placed on the disabled list Friday. The other was by Cliff Lee. Those four... Read more

Howard Down in St. Louis

Friday, June 24, 2011, 2:13 AM
Sure, Ryan Howard clubbed his ninth career home run in St. Louis this week, the most ever by any opponent. But overall he had his worst Busch Stadium season. In five games there, he hit under .300 and slugged under .500, both for the first time in his career. More importantly, the Phillies... Read more

Cliff Lee: Phillies' Shutout Machine

Thursday, June 23, 2011, 1:13 AM
Cliff Lee has now tossed consecutive shutouts (June 16 & 22). According to baseball-reference.com, the last major league pitcher to do that was ... Roy Halladay (Sept. 25 & 30, 2009) in his last two starts for the Blue Jays. Before Halladay, the last pitcher to toss two donuts in a row was... Read more

Eye Openers: Comparing Phillies' Big Inning

Wednesday, June 22, 2011, 1:45 AM
The Phillies' big eighth inning Tuesday was just one of three in the majors so far this week. Below is a detailed look at each, but first a few notes ... ♦ Both the Phillies' and Red Sox' innings featured consecutive hit batsmen, three of the four with the bases loaded to force in a run. ♦... Read more
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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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