Saturday, October 10, 2015

Chase Is Loaded

Chase Is Loaded

Chase Is Loaded

The Phillies´ Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown and Ben Revere. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
The Phillies' Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Domonic Brown and Ben Revere. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

A detailed look at Chase Utley's grand slam, launched Tuesday night into the Citi Field seats, and some other salami tidbits we found along the way:

♦ It was his fifth career grand slam (see them all HERE), but his first hit against a non-NL West team.

Jimmy Rollins became the first Phillie to score on two Utley slams. Chase had plated 12 different runners with his first four slams.

♦ Four of his five slams have come with two outs in the inning.

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♦ Among Phillies with 100+ at-bats with the bases loaded in their career, only Garry Maddox (.359) has a higher batting average than Chase Utley (.346). (See the Phillies' leaders HERE.)

Dick Allen never had a bases-loaded double. That includes all 125 plate appearances of his career, including 74 with the Phillies.

Jay Johnstone owned it when the bags were sacked, hitting .484 as a Phil (15-for-31) and .338 (22-for-65) with other teams.

Tony Gwynn Sr. hit an astounding .444 over his career with the bases loaded (59-for-133).


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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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