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This and every weekday a.m. during baseball season, let's rise and shine together to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, where Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto(notes) entered with the NL's fourth-best ERA. After getting two outs in the first inning, he left a broken man.

Game of the Day

Phillies 22, Reds 1

First and 10: The Phillies jumped ahead in the first against baseball's oldest franchise thanks to a two-run homer by Shane Victorino(notes). No problem, really, considering how the ball flies at CBP. With eight innings to go, the Reds could get those runs back. After the homer, Cueto got two outs, and all he needed was to get one more so the Reds could bat again.

The Phillies never let him have the out. Instead, they just let him have it.

"I feel bad about it," Cueto said with teammate Francisco Cordero(notes) translating from Spanish. "It was one of those days where I didn't have it. It was going to happen one day."

By the time the first inning ended, Philadelphia led 10-0. The score later got so out of hand, Reds skipper Dusty Baker sent sacrificial shortstop Paul Janish(notes) out to pitch in the eighth.

By the time the game ended, the proud Reds had been "slaughtered" — as their own manager put it — in their biggest mathematical defeat evah. Previously, the Phillies beat them 26-6 on July 26, 1892.

Details of doom: Greg Dobbs(notes) followed Victorino with a two-run homer and pitcher Cole Hamels(notes) followed with a two-run double to put the Reds in a 6-0 hole. Cueto allowed another run, put two more runners aboard and then, against reliever Daniel Ray Herrera(notes), Chase Utley(notes) hit the third homer of the inning for a 10-spot — tying a club record for most runs in the first.

"I was just jumping for joy," Hamels said about the run support. "When you put that many runs up, it makes it uncomfortable for the other team."

Janish, grab a mop: The Reds' shortstop/mop-up man had allowed five runs in the ninth inning of a 15-3 loss to the Brewers back in May. With the Phillies leading this one 16-1 in the sixth inning, Janish mentally started to warm up in the bullpen again.

"The way the game started, we kidded around and had an idea it might happen again," Janish said. "I was really hoping to lower my ERA, but that didn't happen either."

Against the Phillies, Janish allowed six runs in the eighth, most of them on a grand slam to Jayson Werth(notes) (VIDEO) which gave the Phillies the biggest scoring outburst in stadium history. Janish watched helplessly as his ERA rose to 49.50. If Marge Schott still owned the Reds, she would use that against him in arbitration.

So absurd was the game, the Phillies brought in LPGA star Paula Creamer to close. Not really. She just tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. Janish swung and missed.

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Feelin' Rundown (I am Paula Creamer):

Cubs 4, Braves 2: His name is Randy David Wells(notes), and he spent about 310 innings in Triple-A before the Cubs gave him a chance in the majors. Can you imagine twiddling your thumbs in Des Moines, Iowa that long, dying to show your boss there's a 350-pound, bald biker dude with great stuff and a sassy attitude inside you just yearning to be free?

If the playoffs started today, the Cubs would be watching on TV, but if they were in 'em, Ted Lilly(notes) would start Game 1 and Wells would start Game 2.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 6: The umpires blew a big call on Derek Jeter's(notes) attempted steal of third base in the first inning, and the play definitely changed the course of the game in Toronto's favor. The deafening silence you hear comes from beyond the sympathetic Yankees Universe. The Yanks got screwed? Oh, no, not that!

Justice for all, people. Justice for all!

Ha-ha! (Just kidding).

Angels 9, Rangers 4: Angels lead the AL West by one game with 81 to go. Somebody was due to rough up Kevin Millwood(notes). The Angels simply volunteered.

Rockies 1, Nationals 0: Even in the Humidor Era, you've gotta love the 1-0 game at Coors Field — just the eighth of its kind in stadium history. First-time All-Star Jason Marquis(notes) leads the league with 11 victories.

Royals 4, Tigers 3: Give the Royals credit, I suppose. They don't necessarily play well, smart or healthy for Trey Hillman, but they play hard.

The Tigers are skipping Rick Porcello's(notes) next scheduled start. Mental break for the rookie, Leyland says. Now bring me my smokes!

D-backs 6, Padres 5: It wasn't Babe Ruth calling his shot, but Justin Upton(notes) promised Mark Reynolds(notes) he would steal second base if Reynolds took a ball, and he did. Reynolds followed with a game-ending single. The stuff of semi-legend!

Athletics 6, Red Sox 0: Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle! With Nomar making his grand return and John Smoltz(notes) making his Red Sox debut at home, rookie Brett Anderson(notes) fires a two-hit shutout at Fenway Paaak.

Anderson simply hid in plain sight.

"It kind of eased me into the game, knowing that the focus obviously is not going to be on me," said Anderson, who was 82 days old when Smoltz made his major league debut on April 23, 1988.

Giants 5, Marlins 4: It's going to be hard to stop Pablo Sandoval(notes) from winning the final vote for the NL All-Star squad. When the Chinese find out he's Kung Fu Panda, there's a billion votes right there.

Astros 4, Pirates 1: The Bucs had a hitters-only meeting to discuss how to handle left-hander Mike Hampton(notes), who came in having won nine straight starts against them. Make it 10 against the Hampton-olics!

Mariners 5, Orioles 0: Jarrod Washburn(notes) is making himself look great for trade season. He wasn't even pitching one-hitters for the Angels five years ago. ... Too bad for Russell Branyan that's he's not on the All-Star team or even the final vote thingy. He deserves better.

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