The Phillies were not supposed to be a good team. They had no aspirations to be one. But, I still do not think they envisioned as embarrassing of game that happened tonight. It started off excellently and stayed that way for the Orioles as they cruised to a 19-3 win walloping eight home runs which set a new single game team record.
Chris Tillman skated by a lead off walk in the first which brought the Orioles to the plate. Manny Machado promptly led off with a home run to the left field seats on a 1-0 pitch to make it 1-0 on Phillies starter Jerome Williams. Travis Snider and Chris Davis would then reach on walks. In stepped newest Oriole Chris Parmelee. Parmelee was added to the roster today as the Orioles optioned Wei-Yin Chen to the minors in order to make room. Dan Duquette will cross all bridges and then burn those bridges to get his perfect roster. Well, the move paid off for one night as Parmelee ripped a single into right field to load the bases. We've only just begun.
J.J. Hardy would single to center field to make it 2-0, then Ryan Flatherty would single to right field to make it 4-0. After a fly out by Caleb Joseph, Williams uncorked two wild pitches, the second of which scored two more Orioles runs, 6-0. WIlliams strained his hamstring on the play attempting to cover home and had to come out of the game. Final line, 0.2 innings pitched, 4 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts. In came Dustin McGowan who would finish off Lough in the first inning.
Now, the second inning. Manny Machado leading off again. Manny Machado homering again. This time to Orioles bullpen in left center field, 7-0 Orioles. Then, Jimmy Paredes cranked a home run to right field just over the grounds crew shed, 8-0 Orioles. Then, Chirs Parmelee, crushed a home run to center field, 9-0 Orioles. Is this getting repetitive, well it should be. At this point I started to feel a little bad for the Phillies.
The Orioles would add three more runs in the third inning (yeah, it's still just the third) on a Lough three run home run onto the flag court after a lead off walk and a error put two men on. Now it is 12-0 Orioles and the pity keeps creeping up on me.
The Phillies would add their first run in the fourth inning. A lead off double by Odubel Herrera and a infield single by Dominic Brown made it 12-1 Orioles. Chris Davis would not abide a simple eleven run lead however, and he led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run onto Eutaw Street. That gives Chris seven career home runs on Eutaw and makes him the Orioles career leader for Eutaw Street home runs. 13-1 Orioles. The Orioles would add a run in bottom of the fifth as well on a Travis Snider double which scored Machado after he reached on a walk, 14-1 Orioles.
The Phillies would score their final two runs of the night in the top of the sixth on a two run line drive home run by Maikel Franco. 14-3 Orioles. Tillman would get out of the sixth and be done for the night. Final line on Tillman, 6 innings pitched, four hits, three runs, three walks, three strikeouts, and one home run given up. Chris Tillman pitched pretty poorly, but an inept Phillies lineup did not make him pay for it.
Again, having their lead shrunk to eleven runs, the Orioles would not let it stand. Chris Parmelee led off the bottom of the sixth inning with his second home run of the game, this one onto the flag court, 15-3 Orioles. Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus feeling the frustration of the night threw way inside to Hardy on the very next pitch and home plate umpire Lance Barksdale threw him out immediately. De Fratus did not seem to disagree with the ejection or care all that much about anything going on. The Orioles would add two more runs in the sixth on a single by Machado and a double by Snider, 17-3 Orioles.
More weirdness straight ahead. In the bottom of the seventh, after having used four pitchers already, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg put in outfielder Jeff Francoeur to pitch. He struck out his first hitter, the pinch hitting Nolan Reimold, on three straight pitches. Francouer retired the side in order in the seventh and that inning was the only inning on the night the Orioles did not score.
The bottom of the eighth was a different story for Frenchy. Ryan Flaherty led off the inning with a monster shot to center field, 18-3. Then the Orioles would walk three times, get hit by a pitch, and hit a sac fly to get to the final score of 19-3.
The eighth saw some even weirder stuff though. The Phillies were attempting to reach their bullpen as Francoeur struggled to get out of the inning. Yet, their bullpen phone was off the hook and therefore could not be used. *Facepalm* Even when they finally reached the bullpen, they got no one warming as the out fielder was reaching 50 total pitches. The pitching coach eventually came out to give him a breather and Chase Utley seemed perplexed and pissed off that his teammate was not coming out of the game. Luckily for the Phillies, Francouer was able to get his last batter, Chris Parmelee again, to pop out to center field. Someone owes Frenchy a beer.
The Orioles bullpen shut the door combining for three innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, and two strikeouts after Tillman exited. This game was a weird one and a fun one.
Join us for the game thread tomorrow at 7:05 as the series now moves up to Philadelphia. Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Orioles facing off against Kevin Correia for the Phillies. Game time is 7:05pm. I doubt it will be as strange as this one.