Victorino is just right for $1,000 winner

Posted: June 11, 2007

Shane Victorino's first righthanded home run of the season couldn't have come at a better time for Ed Campbell.

A switch-hitter, Victorino had hit four homers lefthanded before stepping in against Kansas City lefthander Jorge De La Rosa in the third inning of the Royals' 17-5 victory over the Phillies yesterday at Kauffman Stadium.

The homer tied the game at 2-2, and also made Campbell $1,000 richer, as a cash winner in the Daily News Home Run Payoff.

Campbell, 51, of Cinnaminson, N.J., was watching the game at home when he found out he was a winner.

"My phone just started ringing like crazy," he said.

Despite statistics that show that Victorino hits better as a lefty, Campbell said, "Maybe he should hit righthanded more often."

We can certainly understand why he feels that way.

There were seven other winners in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest during the weekend. Each winning a Phillies Gift Pack in the seventh inning of Saturday's game were:

Richard Cummings, Reading

Mike Brown Jr. , Honolulu

AJ McClave, Williamstown, N.J.

Each winning a gift pack in the third inning of yesterday's game were:

Larry Lore, North Wildwood, N.J.

Frank Baker, Downingtown

Beverly Elliot, North Wildwood, N.J.

Jim Hurst, East Norriton

The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batter fails to hit a home run receive a gift pack, which includes a variety of Phillies-related items.

This season, the Daily News has paid out $5,000.

You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM).

Today's coupon is on Page 85. *

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