Phillies slug past Reds for 10,000th win in franchise history
The Phillies become ninth franchise to reach 10,000 wins in rout of Reds.
Philadelphia Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson celebrated his 59th birthday in style opposite the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.
Behind a stellar 11-run, 18-hit offensive showing — as well as starting pitcher Kyle Gibson tying a personal career-high with 11 strikeouts — the Phillies notably secured their 10,000th win in franchise history.
The convincing 11-4 Phillies win featured five home runs from four different players. Darick Hall and Nick Castellanos went yard back-to-back in the third — followed by Rhys Hoskins launching a go-ahead, three-run blast in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth. Garrett Stubbs extended the team’s lead in the ninth inning to eight with a three-run no-doubter — improving the backup catcher’s season slash line to .288/.360/.538. Matt Vierling also produced an important insurance run with a sacrifice fly RBI in the fifth inning.
The Phillies’ five home runs and 18 hits both tied season highs. Along with his home run, Castellanos also doubled twice — marking his first game as a Phillie with three extra-base hits.
The Phillies are now just the ninth franchise with quintuple digits in wins — joining the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Phillies are the lone franchise among those teams with a sub-.500 all-time record, according to Baseball-Reference. They dropped their 10,000th game way back on July 15, 2007. Their 11,000th loss, meanwhile, occurred on September 29, 2019 — Gabe Kapler’s last game as a manager in red pinstripes.
More than 4,700 days have passed since the franchise won its 9,000th game on July 25, 2009. Their 8,000th win took place just more than a quarter-century ago — July 18, 1997.
Now that the Phils have 10,000 wins, they can set their sights toward 11,000 — with hopefully many postseason appearances and at least one World Series championship in between. The Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, and Giants are the only franchises that have won 11,000 games. The Braves are likely next to join the short list — having won 10,891 games entering Tuesday.
Along with reaching the 10,000-win milestone, the Phils’ victory on Tuesday also was their 65th of the season and Thomson’s 43rd since replacing Joe Girardi in early June. They now have just 46 games spanning 50 days remaining in the 2022 season before hopeful postseason play.