If only “Comic Book Guy” from The Simpsons could have been at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night.
“Worst Reds defeat, ever,” he would have said correctly.
A 22-1 loss to the Phillies broke the 140-year franchise’s record for largest margin of defeat. On July 26, 1892 the Reds lost to these Phillies, 26-6 in Philadelphia.
“That’s the worst beating I can remember on a baseball field,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
Johnny Cueto looked nothing like the pitcher people felt was snubbed by the All-Star selections. He was terrible and lasted just two-thirds of an inning and allowed nine earned runs and five hits. He threw 49 pitches and faced 11 batters. His ERA went from 2.69 to 3.45.
Of course, no blowout would be complete without Paul Janish pitching an inning. After last pitching on May 6 in a 15-3 loss to the Brewers, Janish worked the eighth and gave up six runs — including a grand slam. His ERA, in case you wondered, is now 49.50.
“I was really hoping to lower my ERA but that didn’t happen either,” Janish joked. “I kind of picked up the team. On a serious note, in that situation when it comes down to it, we had to get through the game anyway we could. For me to pick up that inning, you have to do what you have to do.”
The Reds will need bullpen help after two-straight big beatings. Baker indicated a roster move was coming.
At 40-41, the Reds are now in a fourth-place tie with the Astros and 3 1/2 games out of first place. It certainly doesn’t mean the season is over but this game will have to be forgotten fast. Jonny Gomes indicated it would.
“This is the highest level of baseball,” Gomes said. “We’re professionals in here. We’ve gotten our butts kicked since we were 10 years old and all the way up. Win or lose, we will chew on it for 30-45 minutes and leave those double doors and come back tomorrow with a clean head.”
Did anyone watch or listen to the whole game?
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