Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Ben's blast and other Phillies facts

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

WE WERE PLEASED as punch that Ben Revere blasted the first home run of his major league career Tuesday night. The only problem we had was the timing: a seventh-inning solo homer in a game that the Phils would lose, 6-2.

The Phillies' centerfielder had come to the plate three innings earlier with no outs and the bases loaded. Not only would a homer there have had a major effect on the outcome of the game, he would have won a lucky Daily News Home Run Payoff Contestant a cool $10,000. There is still plenty of season left for Revere to make that up to our readership. Today's coupon is on Page 45.

Here are some other quick stats that caught our attention recently . . .

* In Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Mets, the Phillies struck out 15 times without drawing a walk, something they have done only three times in 100 years. The last time was also against New York and a fellow named Dwight Gooden on Sept. 17, 1984. The Phils won that game, 2-1.

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  • * When Cole Hamels retired the first nine Rockies Tuesday night, he was the first Phillies starting pitcher to get through the first three innings without allowing baserunner this season.

    * On the same night that Ryan Howard belted his walkoff, three-run home run against Colorado, Reading's Cam Perkins was doing the same (in the bottom of the 12th inning) against Trenton . . . And Clearwater's Art Charles was launching a three-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to send the Threshers to extra innings, where they eventually beat Fort Myers.

    * The Jimmy Rollins stat we found hard to believe this week, Part I . . . He heads into the weekend's games tied for seventh in the National League in walks (28).

    * Part II . . . Rollins has been to three All-Star Games, but none since 2005. Maybe he will walk there this season . . .

    * One of our Twitter followers pointed out that every one of the Flyers and Bruins who played in the Stanley Cup Finals 40 years ago was from Canada, except Boston forward Ken Hodge, who was born in the United Kingdom. That, obviously, was why he always drove down the left side of the ice.

    * How is it possible that the Sixers right now have more picks in the upcoming NBA draft (seven) than the Eagles had when the NFL draft started (six).

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