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Democrats score 15 runs in seven innings, rout GOP in Congressional Baseball Game

Image via Rep. Eric Swalwell, @RepSwalwell

Every year since 1962, America's political leaders have set politics aside for a day to focus on besting the other side of the aisle in something else: baseball. Wednesday marked the 53rd Annual Roll Call Game, which pits Congressional Republicans against Congressional Democrats. 

This year, the game was again played at Nationals Park in Washington as the Democrats scored 15 runs in seven innings (the game was shortened by inclement weather) to best their Republican counterparts. The win marked the sixth straight for the Dems, though the 15-6 score was a tad less lopsided than last year's 22-0 rout. 

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana shined for the Democrats, pitching all seven frames while drawing intentional walks in each of his first four plate appearances (he played collegiate ball at Morehouse College).

Roll Call's gossip blog Heard on the Hill said the score wasn't the important part:

Despite the outcome, members of both teams said that the true victory is the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for D.C. charities including the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.