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Top Moment No. 14: Phils Put Up 22 Against Reds

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, January 02, 2010 07:30 AM | Comments: 16
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Top Moment #14: Phillies 10-run first inning leads to 22-1 victory over Cincinnati

Before a pitch was thrown, this looked to be one of the better pitching matchups of the season with Cole Hamels looking to jump start a mediocre season and Johnny Cueto seeking to build on an all-star caliber first half.  After the first pitch was thrown, it was an entirely lopsided affair.

The Phillies jumped on the board early and often in the opening frame with a Shane Victorino home run, followed by a Greg Dobbs homer, run scoring doubles by Cole Hamels and Jimmy Rollins, and finally, a homer by Chase Utley to give them 10.  The last time the Phillies had scored that many runs in the first: June 2, 2002 against the Montreal Expos.  By the fourth inning, the Reds were in a 16-1 hole, and Cueto had been yanked after just 2/3 of an inning by allowing a healthy nine runs on 49 pitches.  He never recovered from that demolition, giving up three or more earned runs in six of his next seven games.

Following this offensive explosion, the Phillies reeled off 10 of 11 and jumped from just two games up in the NL East to six-and-a-half up over Atlanta.  Hamels breezed through seven innings of three-hit ball, saying after the game “They know there’s no real shot when you put 10 runs in the first inning. That kind of defeats them there. So knowing that, you just go out there and try to throw strikes.”  Unfortunately, he could not parlay this historical scoring binge into a string of efficient starts.  However, for one “Hollywood” was back on top of his game.

The 22-1 win represented the third largest margin of victory in the history of the 126-year old franchise.  The two largest came against teams nicknamed the “Hoosiers” and “Colonels”; so you know it’s been ages since an opponent got a whooping like the one Reds got.  Three players (Werth, Victorino, and Utley) had four or more RBI. There were 10 extra-base hits and 29 Phillies reached base.  All in all, it was a healthy showing by one of the feared offenses in the National League.  This game was also a stepping stone for the team as they never looked back in the NL East chase.

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  • Posts: 0 Jeromy

    Ill never forget this. I was at fenway watching the A’s crush the sox and everytime the phils scored a run someone would flip the old school scoreboard over and my friends and I would give a standing ovation

     
  • Posts: 0 SpankyYankee

    My best moments and I’m sure all you losers would agree
    Worst Five Moments

    1. Ruiz To Feliz To No One – After tying Game 4 in the bottom of the 8th inning on the strength of a Pedro Feliz solo homer off of Joba Chamberlain, the Phils sent Brad Lidge to the mound for the ninth to keep the Yankees off the board in the hopes for a walk-off win and a 2-2 World Series. The inning started out in promising fashion – Matsui popped out and Jeter struck out. Then, it all came crashing down. Johnny Damon had an epic 9 pitch at-bat that culminated in a single to left. The Phillies put on the shift for Mark Teixeira. Damon ran on the first pitch to Teixeira, and Carlos Ruiz threw to second base in an attempt to nail the Yanks’ centerfielder. Ruiz had no chance to throw out Damon, and with no one covering the hot corner due to the shift, he wisely broke for third and just outran Pedro Feliz. Lidge unraveled from there. He hit Teixeira with the third pitch of the at-bat (Teixeira was previously 1-10 lifetime against the Phillies’ closer). Then Rodriguez hit a double to drive in Damon with the go-ahead run. It just got worse from there. Posada hit a bases-clearing double and suddenly the Phillies were down 3 runs and Mariano Rivera was warming up.

    It was the moment that NEVER happened in 2008. It was the moment where I came to the reality that this might not be the Fightins’ year.

    2. Pettitte Gets An RBI – Cole was cruising in the early innings of Game 3. He mowed down the Yankees through 3 innings and had a 3-0 lead and an 84% Win Expectancy going into the 4th inning. Then, in circa-2009 Cole fashion, things got ugly quick. Mark Teixeira drew a one-out walk that was questionable and then Alex Rodriguez hit a fluky home run that bounced off of a camera that was hanging over the right field fence. Hamels settled down to retire the next 2 batters, but in the 5th, he ran into more trouble. The coup de grâce was a hanging curveball to Andy Pettitte that went for an RBI single. There was no longer a question as to whether or not Cole could bounce back from his disappointing regular and postseason campaign. 2 hits and a walk later, Hamels was leaving the field to a smattering of boos on the one year anniversary of being feted by a Broad Street parade crowd that hailed him as a savior.

    3. Chase Throws It Away – Pedro Martinez pitched a gem of an NLCS Game 2, throwing 7 innings of shutout ball and handing it to his bullpen to close the door on the Dodgers and bring the NLCS back to Philly up 2-0. When you consider everything that went wrong in the 8th, it’s a wonder the Phils only gave up 2 runs. After a Casey Blake single, no one could get to a Ronnie Belliard sac bunt that became an infield single. Then a sure-fire double play ball was mucked up when Chase Utley airmailed the ball to the visitors’ dugout. The Phils pitchers did more damage to allow the winning run to score on a bases-loaded walk. But this one was on Chase.

    4. Pedro Pitches To Matsui (Again) – Love means being able to second-guess your manager. No one wanted to see Pedro pitch a very short World Series Game 6. But that’s exactly what Pedro Martinez’s fate would have (and should have) been had Charlie pulled the future Hall of Famer before Hideki Matsui had the chance to add to his RBI count. It would have been one thing if Pedro was showing something. But he was completely ineffective from the beginning and Matsui had already mashed a 2-run homer off of Pedro in the bottom of the second. With J.A. Happ warmed in the bullpen and Matsui coming to the plate in the 3rd with 2 men on, that should have been it for Pedro. Instead, Pedro gave up a 2-run single to the eventual World Series MVP, and the game and the Series began to slip away for the Phils.

    5. A-Rod’s Camera Homer – The Phillies were on their way to taking a 2-1 lead in the Series. They were leading Game 3 by a 3-0 score and had Andy Pettitte on the ropes. Then, A-Rod hit a ball that struck a camera near the right field foul pole. Rodriguez immediately signaled that the ball was a home run. The umps congregated and baseball’s first ever World Series replay situation turned a double into a two-run homer. The only saving grace was that the replay delay ruined Rodriguez’s home run trot. Cole was never the same after the same after that…..look at the bright side it will only be 24 and 1/2 more years before you win another one …..so please hold your breathe….HEY #28here getta your #28 jersey’s before the 2010 season starts…..number 28 here ….oh yeah and when my bet with my buddy who loves Ryan Howard lost the bet with me….over to me came his “authentic” mlb jersey ……and I have used it 4′xs to clean my pick-up truck…..it does a great job …what better way to use a Filthy jersey the to clean a Yankees pick-up truck….make any good trades yet…other then throw Lee under the bus…ha….lmao

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Cueto’s season went downhill fro mthere. What a shallacking.

     
  • Posts: 0 Vernon Dozier

    The Yankees 2009 season was certainly a Cinderella story, Spanky. Who would have thought at the beginning of last season that a group of lovable lugs like the Yankees would pull together and defy the odds by winning a championship?

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    hahaha, good one Vernon…

    Yankee, you do realize NO ONE here is going to read that comment?

     
  • Posts: 0 ChuckS

    Thank God for MLB TV. The Phils Rockies game they just showed was epic. Man I can’t wait for April.

     
  • Posts: 0 Penny Nichols

    That Spanky Yankee — he must be a pimple-faced piss ant with no friends. It’s a shame such a loser hits this blog with his turd sometimes. Oh well, it takes all kinds. Get out the hand lotion, Loser Boy, because I am sure no decent girl would want to be seen with a loser like you. You take up too much time and too much space.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Georgie, you are so right. Way to much wind blowin’ in the wrong direction man. We all saw what transpired, who wants to relive that pain?
    We’ll see you in the post season this coming year (If you are lucky enough to get by the Red Sox).
    I promise, the bats will not be so quiet this time.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    First, I am sorry to all Yankees fans for stereotyping them as the high class New York fans. SpanyYankee has proven me wrong, and I wont stereotype Yankees fans as high class or good winners, but similar to Mutts fans, low class, ignorrant and poor winners. My bad.
    Second, This was one of the few AWESOME starts by Princess. If he would have pitched half as good this season as he did during game and the complete game shutout he pitched in LA in the first half of the season, that 5.5 rating would have been an 8.5 pretty easily.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian Sr. of CO

    On a completely different subject I am very surprised that Bruntlett was signed to a MINOR LEAGUE deal for the worst team in baseball (sure he has an invitation to Spring Training, but I still find it kind of sad that not even the Nationals will sign him to the bench right away. LOL.

     
  • Posts: 0 Nick

    THE best fantasy day of my season and one of the best normal-Phillies days. I had Victorino, Werth AND Utley on my team. Would have been more fun if my dad wasn’t such a big Reds fan…

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    How come I never see Phillies fans trolling the blogs of opposing teams, yet the Mets and Yankees fans never seem to freaking leave us alone?

    Can’t they just move on already? I didn’t see any Phillies fans trolling the Rays blogs after the ’08 World Series.

     
  • Posts: 0 Nick

    Probably because there were no Rays blogs

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    No, i’m sure there were a few blogs…

    As far as I could tell, a lot of Phillies fans wished the Rays the best for their future.

    Yankees fans are just braggart douchebags, and half of them only follow the team when they are winning, or because they are band-wagoners.

    Phillies fans can be douchey too of course, but we don’t seem to do it by trolling other fanbases.

     
  • Posts: 0 gofightins

    I was at this game! May I saw it was probably one of the coolest games to have seen first hand…my dad and I just looked at each other in amazement when they kept hitting homers in the first inning…then it just kept going..,..Victorino was on fire that night…and Werth with his last minute eff you in the eighth (?)…it was just a ridiculous game and probably the best regular season game I was at last year (the Cubbies 10-1 rout was a close second, and the Mets 10-9 loss would’ve been top of the list if Madson hadn’t given up that homer to Wright to lose it).

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    How long have you people been on the internet? Don’t feed the friggin trolls.

     
 
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