Paula Creamer threw out the first ball at last night's Phillies/Reds game in Philadelphia. The Reds could have used her later, as the Phils threw-up a 22-spot on them, winning 22-1 in the biggest blow-out since Nixon/McGovern.
“We got slaughtered as they used to say,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Um --- no, they still say that Dusty.
Among other things:
The 21-run margin of victory was the largest in franchise history, surpassing a 26-7 triumph over the New York Mets on June 11, 1985.
The 22 runs were the most scored by the Phillies since that 26-7 game.
The Phillies' 10-run first inning tied a team record. They also scored 10 in the first against the New York Giants in 1948, the Chicago Cubs in 1975, and the Montreal Expos in 2002.
Shane Victorino tied the team record for runs scored in a game with five. Seven players, including Jimmy Rollins and John Kruk, share that record.
You'd think that a game like that would have been kind of boring, but at one point, after the Phils put up 10 runs in the first, I started cheering for every run, and I wanted to see if they could score 25 or 30, but they slowed-down in the fifth inning, and actually went three scoreless innings before Jayson Werth hit a grand slam off infielder/pitcher Paul Janish to make it 22-1.
It wasn't as close as the score would indicate.