Stat of the Day: 9 Phillies reach in big 2nd

2:05 AM UTC is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Phillies this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 16: Phillies 9, Cardinals 2 -- Nine up, nine on
The Phillies had nine consecutive batters reach bases via walk, hit or hit by pitch in the second inning against the Cardinals, including a two-run double by Bryce Harper that capped the frame. It is the first time it happened for the club since May 2, 2010, when nine straight reached base in the fourth inning against the Mets: Raul Ibañez, Juan Castro, Carlos Ruiz, Jamie Moyer, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth.

April 14: Mets 5, Phillies 1 -- No knocks for Didi
Didi Gregorius was summoned as a pinch-hitter with runners on the corners with one out in the seventh inning. After initially attempting a bunt to no avail, Gregorius grounded into an inning-ending double play. That was a double-bummer for the Phils and Gregorius, whose 12-game hitting streak dating back to the final game of the 2020 season was snapped. It had been the second-longest active hitting streak in the Majors, behind Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins' 15-gamer.

April 13: Phils drop twin bill to Mets -- Harper joins Ashburn
Bryce Harper reached base safely in 10 games to start the season before the streak ended in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader. He started the previous two seasons with on-base streaks of 22 games (2020) and 21 games (2019). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harper is only the second player in franchise history to start three consecutive seasons with an on-base streak of at least 10 games. The only other Phillie to do so was Richie Ashburn (five straight seasons from 1955-1959).

April 11: Phillies 7, Braves 6 -- That's plenty deep
Alec Bohm scored from third on a controversial play at the plate, when he tagged on Didi Gregorius' 230-foot fly ball to left fielder Marcell Ozuna. It was the Phillies' shallowest sacrifice fly since Statcast began tracking outfield depth in 2015. The second-shortest? Andrew Knapp scored on Nick Williams' 236-foot fly ball to left field at Marlins Park in July 2017. The Marlins' left fielder that day? Ozuna.

April 10: Braves 5, Phillies 4 -- With bases loaded, Gregorius comes through
Didi Gregorius came to the plate with the bases loaded in the first inning and lofted a two-run single to shallow right field off Ian Anderson. Since 2017, Gregorius has 63 RBIs in plate appearances that came with the bases loaded, which is the most in MLB. The stat is even more impressive when considering Gregorius missed half of the '19 season following Tommy John surgery.

April 9: Braves 8, Phillies 1 -- Wheeler's costly mistake
Zack Wheeler allowed a two-run homer to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the fifth inning during an 8-1 loss. The 456-foot blast was the second-longest home run given up by Wheeler, behind only Anthony Rizzo's 462-foot shot off the righty on June 13, 2017. The 114.1 mph exit velocity for Acuña resulted in the hardest-hit homer Wheeler has allowed tracked by Statcast.

April 7: Phillies 8, Mets 2 -- Brogdon earns another 'W'
Phillies right-hander Connor Brogdon has earned wins in three of the Phillies' first six games. He is the first player in Phillies history to win three of the team's first six games in the modern era (1900). He also is just the 13th player in baseball to accomplish the feat and the first since Casey Janssen in 2010.

April 6: Mets 8, Phillies 4 -- Starters impress through first turn
Phillies starters made a solid first turn through the rotation. They posted a combined 2.17 ERA in starts from Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Zach Eflin, Matt Moore and Chase Anderson. In 29 innings, the rotation struck out 31 and allowed 17 hits, seven runs and seven walks.

April 5: Phillies 5, Mets 3 -- Bullpen dominant early
The Phillies' bullpen opened the season with 12 consecutive scoreless innings, which is their longest streak since a 14 1/3-inning scoreless streak from Sept. 26-29, 2019. They did not have a scoreless streak of more than six innings in 2020. Connor Brogdon extended his scoreless-innings streak to 10 2/3 innings, dating to Sept. 13, 2020. It’s the longest by a Phillies reliever since the start of last season.

April 4: Phillies 2, Braves 1 -- Phillies pitching stifles Braves
A year after the Phillies posted a 5.14 ERA and had a historically bad bullpen, the club's pitching staff has shown the makings of a revamped group. Led by starters Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin, the Phillies have allowed three runs so far this year -- none of which have been charged to the 'pen -- tied for their second-fewest through three games of a season since at least 1901:
• 1915: 2 runs
• 2021: 3 runs
• 1970: 3 runs

April 3: Phillies 4, Braves 0 -- Wheeler's big day at the plate
Zack Wheeler hit a two-out single to center field in the fifth inning in Saturday's 4-0 win against the Braves. It was the first RBI by a Phillies pitcher since Vince Velasquez on Aug. 23, 2019. Wheeler then doubled down the left-field line in the sixth to score another run. He is the first Phillies pitcher with multiple hits and multiple RBIs in a game since Ben Lively on Sept. 5, 2017, against the Mets.

April 1: Phillies 3, Braves 2 -- Alvarado hits century mark
Phillies left-hander José Alvarado threw two pitches that topped 100 mph in the eighth inning of the club's 3-2 Opening Day victory over the Braves. The Phils threw a total of one 100 mph pitch in 2019 and '20 combined (Seranthony Domínguez on April 13, 2019).