Phillies Survive Late Rally

Joe Blanton sure didn’t get off to the most stellar start this afternoon.  The Rockies hit three straight singles off Blanton leading to two runs in the first inning.  Blanton was able to calm down  and shut out the Rockies for the next five innings.  Brad Lidge was shaky once again in the ninth inning.  He gave up a two-run home run to Seth Smith.  He then loaded the bases but was able to escape with a save once again.  The Phillies hung on for a 5-4 heart-pounding win.

Blanton avoided a shaky start and was very solid for the Phillies.  He threw six innings giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.  After allowing three consecutive singles to Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Giambi, and Ryan Spilborghs, Blanton didn’t look like he would make it out of the first inning.  He was helped out  by a timely double play to end the threat.  He kept the ball down for the most part and really gave the Phillies the opportunity to chip away at the Rockies lead.

Three of the Phillies runs came in an error filled second inning.  Ross Gload started off the inning with a single.  With one out, Greg Dobbs doubled to right field to put runners at second and third base.  Brian Schneider then hit a two-run triple to center field to tie the game up.  It was Schneider’s first triple since 2007 and was hit off current Phillies reliever J.C. Romero.  Joe Blanton followed to hit a ground ball and it was a very routine play.  Giambi dropped the throw at first base which Blanton to make it to first base safely.  The very next batter Jimmy Rollins grounded into a fielder’s choice where Giambi tried to throw to second base.  He ended up throwing the ball into left field, which allowed Schneider to score.  Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez added RBI singles in the sixth inning to pad the lead.

The Phillies were able to pick up another game on the Atlanta Braves, who had an off day.  They now stand only four and a half games behind the National League East division leaders.  The Arizona Diamondbacks will come to town now for a three game series.  The Phillies dodged facing ace Dan Haren who was dealt to the Angels.  They should continue to feast on struggling teams and hopefully cut down this division lead.

2B: Dobbs (5)  3B: Schneider (1)

WP: Blanton (4-6). LP: Hammel (7-6).  S: Lidge (10).



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