Results tagged ‘ Dusty Baker ’

In Cincy for Game 3

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We’re live in Cincinnati …

Took an early morning flight with most of the Phillies beat writers, thinking the Phillies would be flying to Cincinnati following Game 2, which would allow us to get here in time for their afternoon workout. But it turns out the Phillies are smarter than us, flew here later in the day and are working out at 5 p.m.

It means that 5:30 a.m. alarm felt a little worse. Oh well. It’s beautiful today — it feels like summer — and it should be beautiful for Game 3 tomorrow night at Great American Ball Park.

Teams that took a 2-0 lead in the ALDS and NLDS since postseason expansion in 1995 are 31-4 in the series, so things are looking good for the Phillies, especially when you consider the Reds would need to beat Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in order to come back.

The Reds might have shown their inexperience last night. Reds manager Dusty Baker touched on that today.

“They’re like the second or third tour for a military guy,” Baker said about the Phillies. “They’ve been here before. Most of our guys are first-tour guys. Where were they three years ago? The next year they won the World Series and the next year they went to the World Series. Plus their team has been together three, four, five years – most of them.”

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Holy Beat Down!

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Some pretty crazy things happened tonight in a 22-1 victory over the Reds:

- The Phillies tied a franchise record scoring 10 runs in the first inning. It was the fourth 10-run first inning in team history and the first since June 2, 2002, against the Montreal Expos. Boy, do I miss Montreal. While I certainly enjoy the convenience of taking the train to D.C. for a Phillies-Nationals series, Montreal is a great, great city. Nothing beat a Ben’s smoked meat sandwich.

- ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted that this was first time since 1894 the Phillies won a game by 20-plus runs. They won a 29-4 game against those pesky Louisville Colonels on Aug. 17, 1894, and a 24-0 game against those high falutin’ Indianapolis Hoosiers on June 28, 1887.

I’ll bet ya Big Ed Delahanty, Sliding Billy Hamilton and Sam Thompson had a heck of a game for those ’94 Phillies. Run like the wind they could! And hit, boy, could them young fellas hit! My great, great grandfather said Big Ed once knocked the cover clean off the ball! Must have been that magic tonic!

Here is some footage of old-time baseball.

- The Phillies set a season-high with 21 hits.

- They set a season-high with 22 runs, the most they have scored in a game since they scored 26 on June 11, 1985 against the Mets at Veterans Stadium. Von Hayes hit two home runs in the first inning: a leadoff homer and a grand slam. Larry Andersen threw a scoreless ninth.

- Shane Victorino, who is trailing Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the NL All-Star team’s Final Vote, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored.

- It was the worst loss in the Reds’ 140-year history.

“That’s the worst beating I can remember on a baseball field,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s not a whole bunch to say. We just got slaughtered.”

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