Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Phillies to the Ninth Degree

Phillies have owned the ninth inning this season.

Phillies to the Ninth Degree

John Mayberry Jr. hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning.(Chris Schneider/AP Photo)
John Mayberry Jr. hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning.(Chris Schneider/AP Photo)

Thanks to strong pitching and clutch hitting, the Phillies have owned the ninth inning of their games this season. And John Mayberry (being congratulated by Carlos Ruiz at right) belted a game-tying home run Monday as another example of that.

They have nearly doubled their opponents' runs in their regularly scheduled final frames (41-22), despite having 17 fewer opportunities (via not having to bat in the ninth at home when ahead).

The numbers for the Phillies and their opponents in the ninth inning this season: 

         Phillies            Opp.
Games 72 89
Runs 41 22
H-AB 76-282 70-321
Batting Avg. .270 .218
Walks 38 26
Strikeouts 48 87
On-Base Pct.        .358 .280
   Singles 51 54
   Doubles 16 11
   Triples 2 1
   Home Runs 7 4
Total Bases 117 95
Slugging Pct. .415 .296
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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