Sunday, April 9, 2017

First Inning Explosion! #ChachiNow

2017 Chachi #34
Phillies 17, Nationals 3
Game 5 - Saturday Night, April 8th in Philadelphia
Record - 2-3, Tied for 3rd place, 1 game behind the Marlins and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies scored a franchise-high 12 runs in the first inning on the way to a 17-3 route of the Nationals.

What It Means:  Some history was made in this game and having been lucky enough to have been in attendance, it was one of the best innings of baseball I've ever seen.

  • The first inning broke down as follows - 16 batters, 9 hits, 2 sacrifice flies.
  • The Phillies top six hitters combined to go 9 for 9 with four extra-base hits, 10 runs and 11 RBIs in the first inning.  (H/T Larry Shenk via Twitter.)
  • The 12 runs scored in the first inning was one run short of the all-time franchise high in an inning.  The Phillies scored 13 in an inning on April 13, 2003 in Cincinnati.
  • 12 runs is a franchise record for the first inning and the previous high had been 10, which the Phillies have accomplished four times.  (H/T Jim Salisbury via Twitter.)
  • The last time the Phillies scored 17 runs in game was on July 6, 2009 when they beat the Reds, 22-1.  Jayson Werth had 5 RBIs in that game.  (H/T Kevin Cooney via Twitter.)
  • Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph became the first Phillies teammates with multiple RBI hits in an inning since Mike Schmidt and Gary Matthews did it on September 24, 1981.  (H/T Meghan Montemurro via Twitter.)
What Happened:  Saunders fell a home run short of the cycle and Howie Kendrick went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs.  Lost in the offensive outburst was the fact that Aaron Nola pitched a pretty good game, allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings.  He also struck out seven.

Featured Card:  I knew I needed to create a custom highlight card for this game, but I couldn't find any great pictures that would work with the vertical orientation of the 1982 Topps Highlights card design.  I settled on this picture of Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis celebrating after Herrera had scored on Joseph's first single.  I like the fact that new hitting coach Matt Stairs is also featured in this photo.

Field Report:  And we were there!  Jenna and I enjoyed a pre-game meal at Harry the K's and then made our way to our seats just in time for the first inning fireworks to start.


Section 36 said...

Did you score the game? Would have been a fun one!

Jim said...

Alas, I did not. I would have had to go the dreaded two column route for the 1st inning, but it would have been worth it!