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Phils are 9-1 in last 10 July 4 games

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The Phillies have not won nine of their last 10 games in Independence Day. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
The Phillies have not won nine of their last 10 games in Independence Day. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The Phillies have now won nine of their last 10 games on Independence Day, and seven of their last nine of those on the road. Since 1991, they are 18-5 on July 4, averaging 5.4 runs per game.

Their Fourth of July record since 2004:

 Year  
 Day  Opponent  
 Result
 2004  Sunday  Orioles  W   5-2  
 2005  Monday  at Pirates
 W 12-1
 2006  Tuesday  Padres  W   6-5
 2007  Wednesday  at Astros
 W   8-3
 2008  Friday  Mets  W   3-2
 2009  Saturday  Mets  W   4-1
 2010  Sunday  at Pirates
 L    5-8
 2011  Monday  at Marlins
 W   1-0
 2012  Wednesday  
 at Mets
 W   9-2
 2013  Thursday  at Pirates
 W   6-4
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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.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

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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