22 runs. 21 hits. Four home runs, including one grand slam. Those were the offensive numbers that the Phillies put up in a historical 22-1 blowout against the Cincinnati Reds. It was the first time since 1900 that the Phillies beat an opponent by at least twenty runs.
The Phillies scored ten runs in the first inning, nine off Johnny Cueto, who lasted two-thirds of an inning, raising his earned run average from 2.69 to 3.45. The inning marked the fourth time in franchise history that the Phillies scored ten runs in the first inning. The last time the Phillies scored ten runs in the first inning was in July of 2002 against the Montreal Expos.
Shane Victorino made his best “vote for me” campaign with a 4-for-5 night. He homered, drove in four runs, and walked. Greg Dobbs (4-for-6, 2 RBI) and Chase Utley (2-for-3, 4 RBI) also homered. Jayson Werth (2-for-5, 5 RBI) hit a grand slam in the eighth inning off Paul Janish, a shortstop, as the Reds were desperate to save their bullpen.
The “Everybody hits! Wahoo!” guy was busy. Every starter in the Phillies lineup had at least one hit, including Cole Hamels (2-for-4). Jimmy Rollins (3-for-4) continued his hitting ways. The only batter who did not get a hit was John Mayberry Jr. (0-for-1, BB), who came in as a substitute. Matt Stairs had one plate appearance and walked. Other than that, six Phillies had a multi-hit night. Two Phillies (Victorino and Dobbs) had four hits. Every batter reached base at least once.
The credit will go to the offense, but Hamels also deserves recognition. In seven innings, he allowed three hits, including a solo home run to Jonny Gomes. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. The Phillies starters have picked it up this week, giving their bullpen plenty of rest.
The last time the Phillies pounded 22 runs was in 1986 against the New York Mets. It is also the third most runs the Phillies scored in one game. Not only did the win make Phillies history, but Reds history, marking their largest margin of defeat, 21 runs.