A LEEInks Look At Recent Sports Drubbings

July 07, 2009 - 9:29 am

Last night, the Cincinnati Reds found themselves on the recieving end of a 22-1 City of Brotherly Love beatdown at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. Clearly this isn't your father's Big Red Machine. If this was Little League baseball, we'd have seen the Mercy Rule early on in last night's game. For Little Leaguers, the rule kicks into effect if a team is ahead by 17 runs after five innings. Poor Johnny Cueto. He came into the game with a 2.86 ERA, lasted a mere two-thirds of an inning, giving up nine runs in such a brief time at Citizen's Bank Park. The Philadelphia Inquirer's Ray Parillo saw the carnage unfold and detailed this report. Things got bad enough for the Reds that infielder Paul Janish took to the mound in the home half of the ninth. Janish served up a grand slam to Jayson Werth, which effectively bumped his career ERA to 49.50. The LEEInks got to thinking of other recent sports beatdowns, and there's quite a long list. Today, we aim to take you from the diamond, to the ice, to hardwood and back to the diamond again. Back in September, the Bulgarian women's hockey team took to the ice against Slovakia for what was supposed to be an Olympic qualifier. When the Bulgarians stepped off the ice, they left the rink with an 82-0 loss. A dozen players had hat tricks for Slovakia in the contest. Maria Herichova potted 18 goals of her own that evening. When things get out of reach, most hockey teams pull the starting netminder for a backup. Bulgaria still thought they had a chance in the waning minutes trailing 77-0 until their second-string goalie came in. Be sure to keep up with the group as a we move off of the ice in Europe and onto the hardwood, deep in the heart of of Texas. This past winter, girls high school basketball powerhouse Covenant School lambasted their much weaker opponent Dallas Academy100-0. This story became a huge national story and led to Covenant coach Micah Grimes's firing as head coach of the team. Fellow member of the coaching community, Jim Thompson blogged that there really wasn't a winner in this game. Finally, moving back onto the diamond, and two years ago, the Texas Rangers pulled off the biggest baseball beatdown in American League history. The Rangers defeated the Orioles 30-3 on August 22, 2007. The Rangers racked up 29 hits and even saw Wes Littleton garner a save after tossing three innings of shutout ball. The 3o runs put up by the Rangers were the most by any major league team since the Chicago Colts routed Louisville 36-7 on June 28, 1897. So, New England, when it feels like our Red Sox have been taken to the shed in a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the unheralded Brett Anderson and the Oakland Athletics, just think, it could be much, much worse. Just ask Reds fans in the Queen city and they'll tell you about last night's game.