Phils score club-record 12 1st-inning runs

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The Phillies sent 16 batters to the plate in the first. Howie Kendrick, Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph each picked up two hits.

The Phillies scored a record 13 runs in the fourth inning on April 13, 2003, in Cincinnati. While they fell a run short of tying that mark, they crushed their first-inning scoring record, which had been 10 and accomplished four times (most recently July 6, 2009, against the Reds).

The historic inning started when Cesar Hernandez doubled, Kendrick singled and Odubel Herrera walked to load the bases with no outs.

Maikel Franco‘s sacrifice fly made it 1-0.

Saunders and Joseph each singled to score two more runs. Joseph’s single snapped a 0-for-13 start to his season.

Nationals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie then walked Cameron Rupp to load the bases. Freddy Galvis‘ sacrifice fly scored Saunders to make it 4-0.

But the dam really broke when Guthrie walked Aaron Nola to load the bases and Hernandez to force in the inning’s fifth run. Kendrick followed with a triple to right-center field, clearing the bases to make it 8-0.

Kendrick cruised into third, but wiped out as he slid and stumbled over the bag.

He could smile about it. He survived.

Kendrick's bases-clearing triple

How did the rest of the inning go? Well, Herrera singled, which finally got Guthrie the hook. Guthrie is one of 11 starters in baseball history to allow 10 or more runs in one inning or less. He has done it twice. It also happened against the Yankees in May 2015, when he pitched with the Royals.

Enny Romero took Guthrie’s place, but Franco doubled, Saunders doubled and Joseph singled to put up 12. Rupp struck out to end the inning.

The 12 runs were the most the Nationals have given up in any inning in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).

Elias Sports Bureau said the all-time first-inning scoring record is 16. The Boston Beaneaters posted 16 on Baltimore on June 18, 1894. Brooklyn scored 15 in the first inning against the Reds on May 21, 1952, for the modern record.

No team had scored 12 runs in the first inning since the Yankees scored 12 against the Orioles on July 30, 2011.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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