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‘Hector Neris works the ninth inning to preserve the Phillies’ shutout of the Braves on July 2 (John Bazemore)
‘Hector Neris works the ninth inning to preserve the Phillies’ shutout of the Braves on July 2 (John Bazemore)|Associated Press
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Wednesday Quickie Quiz & Single Digits - Phillies, Yankees, Home Runs, Shutouts, Jay Bruce, Aaron Nola, Hector Neris, Ryan Madson

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

WEDNESDAY’S QUICKIE QUIZ

>>> The Yankees’ home run streak ended Tuesday night at 31 games. Which current major league manager shares the individual mark for consecutive games with a home run (eight)?

(Answer Below)

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WEDNESDAY’S SINGLE DIGITS

>>> We know the analytics people shy on its importance, but Jay Bruce has 22 RBI in 23 games as a Phillie after his two-run double was all they needed in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Braves. The Phillies’ record breakdown:

9-3 (.750) . . . Jay Bruce plays and has an RBI;
3-8 (.273) . . . Jay Bruce plays and has no RBI.

Just for the heck of it, let’s try that again and add in Bruce’s time with the Seattle Mariners this season:

21-10 (.677) . . . Jay Bruce plays and has an RBI;
12-27 (.308) . . . Jay Bruce plays and has no RBI.

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>>> Since Sept. 24, 2017, the Braves have been shut out 12 times. Five of those were against the Phillies.

Two of them were Aaron Nola starts, two were Nick Pivetta outings and one was a Jake Arrieta start.

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>>> The Yankees last failed to go yard in the second game of a doubleheader against the Royals on May 25. They did homer in the first game of the twin bill that day, so Yankees fans did get to see a home on 37 consecutive game days.

That means the Yankees homered on every day they had played a game from May 19 to July 1.

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>>> Hector Neris struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save against the Braves Tuesday night. It was the third time he has done that as a Phillie (once in 2017, once earlier this season).

No other Phillie reliever has done that since Ryan Madson in 2011.

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QUICKIE QUIZ ANSWER

>>> Marlins manager Don Mattingly homered in eight straight games in 1987, to tie the major league mark set by the Pirates’ Dale Long in 1956. The Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. equaled the feat in 1993.