Where is my Phillies Media Guide? You know that was being asked as press and fans all scurried to look up what everybody thought may be true. The 13 runs in the fourth inning were a new team record for the Phillies. It made the afternoon easy for Randy Wolf and the Phils as they beat Cincinnati 13-1 to take 2-out-of-3 this weekend at Great American Ballpark.
It wasn't like the Phillies were smacking the ball all over the park, but they had to do something well to score 13 runs in one inning. Actually, it was a walk in the park. Reds pitchers issued seven walks on the day, all of them coming in the fourth inning to help the Phils to their new team record. In between the walks, hits by Pat Burrell
, Randy Wolf
, Mike Lieberthal, Ricky Ledee
and two hits from Jim Thome
contributed to the onslaught. To make things worse for the Reds, eleven of the runs came with two outs after Ledee was intentionally walked to get to Wolf. On the bright side, shortstop Felipe Lopez didn't make an error in the inning, although he did later in the game, for his third error of the series.
Besides contributing with a two-run single, Wolf (2-0) pitched six innings, allowed four hits and struck out eight. Eric Junge and Rheal Cormier covered the final three innings with only Cormier allowing two hits. Junge retired all six hitters that he faced.
Ryan Dempster (1-1) allowed nine earned runs while lasting just three and two-third innings. Scott Sullivan was hammered for another four runs in one-third of an inning.
The Reds run came in the fifth when Jason LaRue grounded out to score Adam Dunn from third.
The Phillies return home for a four-game series with the Florida Marlins starting Monday night at Veterans Stadium.