June 1, 2021: Phillies 17, Reds 3
Fast-forwarding to Tuesday night marks the latest 14-plus-run Phillies rout of the Reds. This one came at a much-needed time, as the team was skidding with a -33 run differential. By the time the final out was recorded, the Phillies trimmed that figure to -19.
The Phillies had also lost four of their previous five games, including Memorial Day’s series opener in which the Reds won convincingly, 11-1.
Along with Matt Joyce’s grand slam, other Phillies players that homered included Andrew McCutchen (2); Ronald Torreyes (first homer since 2017 under then-New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi); Odubel Herrera (2); and Rhys Hoskins.
Their seven overall home runs matched a single-game franchise record, previously matched on July 26, 2018 (at Reds) and set on September 8, 1998 (vs. Mets).
Herrera and Alec Bohm tied for the team lead in hits. The young Phillies third baseman had just three hits combined over his previous 11 games (40 plate appearances), slashing .086/.200/.086 over that stretch. McCutchen not only tied Joyce for the team lead in RBI, but he also walked twice across his five plate appearances.
Also, Travis Jankowski went 2-for-2 for his first hits in a Phillies uniform. The veteran was recently promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace injured outfielder Roman Quinn (Achilles).
All around, it was a night to remember for the Phils. With their series finale postponed on Wednesday, the team will not play again until it welcomes the Washington Nationals to Citizens Bank Park on Friday.