19-1 : The Phillies Go Giants One Better in Romp Over Cubs
Before the Philadelphia Phillies met the Chicago Cubs Monday night, Manager John Felske looked at the scoreboard and noticed San Francisco had beaten San Diego, 18-1.
He turned to coach Lee Elia and said: “I wonder what it would be like to do that?”
Three hours later he had his answer.
The Phillies had 20 hits, including 11 doubles and four home runs, in a record-setting 19-1 victory over the Cubs.
“That’s amazing, isn’t it,” Felske said.
While Juan Samuel, Rick Schu and Mike Schmidt were leading an assault of 43 total bases on rookie pitcher Jamie Moyer and two relievers, the Phillies’ Shane Rawley scattered six hits for his 10th victory of the season and sixth straight.
Everybody in the Phillies’ order but shortstop Steve Jeltz had at least one hit. Even Milt Thompson, who has been benched with his .183 batting average and rumored to be on his way to the minors, had a single and homer.
The 19 runs broke the National League high for the season set earlier in the day by San Francisco.
The 11 doubles set a Phillies’ club record and were two short of the NL mark of 13 set in 1931 by the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cubs.
The 15 extra base hits tied the NL record held by many.
Samuel’s two homers and six RBIs in a game were a career record for the second baseman, and Schu set a career high with four RBIs and tied his mark of four hits.
Rawley, who has lost four games this season, said he never let up despite the offensive onslaught.
“We had blown leads over the weekend against St. Louis. I had to go out there and shut them down, not let ‘em get back in the ballgame,” he said.
The Phillies took a 3-0 first-inning lead as the first four batters hit safely off Moyer. Ron Roenicke singled and advanced to third on a double by Schu. Samuel then hit his fourth home run of the season. Schmidt followed with a double to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, but Moyer settled down to retire the side.
The Phillies made it to 6-0 in the third on a leadoff single by Schu, Schmidt’s 13th home run of the season and John Russell’s RBI double.
Chicago reliever George Frazier, who came on in the third, was shelled for six runs on four hits in the fifth, including Samuel’s second homer.
The Phillies made it 15-1 in the sixth on Rawley’s sacrifice fly and Schu’s two-run single.
Doubles by Rawley, Roenicke and Aguayo accounted for the last three Philadelphia runs in the eighth.
The only run off Rawley came in the seventh on Ron Cey’s double and Leon Durham’s single.