The weather was hot in Philadelphia… hot enough to heat up the Phillies’ offense. They scored in bunches and batted around twice to beat the struggling Cleveland Indians 12-3 to sweep the AL Central basement dwellers Thursday afternoon.
The runs rained down like the typhoon-like conditions that hit Citizens Bank Park in the top of the eighth inning. The winds whipped up and then all of a sudden, the rain fell with some hail mixed in as play was halted. The game was delayed for an hour and 37 minutes while the grounds crew fought with the treacherous conditions.
Placido Polanco erupted for a monster game, going 4-for-5 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs. Jayson Werth had a 3-for-3 day with two runs and an RBI. Since June 10th, Werth is hitting .395 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Dane Sardinha hit his first career home run to lead off the sixth, a blast into the left field bleachers.
Joe Blanton was spectacular aside from letting up a two-run homer to former Phillies prospect Jason Donald, who was a part of the Cliff Lee deal. Blanton went 7.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with eight strike outs. Fausto Carmona got shelled for seven runs, five earned, in four innings off of nine hits.
Before the game, the Phillies announced that reliever Chad Durbin was placed on the 15 day disabled list. Durbin suffered a strained right hamstring in Wednesday’s game. In 35.1 innings this season, Durbin was 0-1 with a 3.31 ERA. Reliever Nelson Figueroa was recalled to take Durbin’s roster spot.
Doubles: Polanco (15). HR: Sardinha (1).
WP: Blanton (3-5). LP: Carmona (6-6).