Joe Blanton has struggled early in the ballgames this season. But he didn’t even have a chance to get behind due to the Phillies huge offensive outburst in rout to a 11-4 win.
Everyone got into the act hitting the ball tonight. Carlos Ruiz led the charge going three-for-four with a home run and four RBIs. Ruiz hit a big two-run home run in the fourth inning to make the score 4-0 and also walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
Jayson Werth was two-for-four with a home run and two RBIs. Chase Utley and Greg Dobbs each added solo home runs for the Phillies.
Overshadowed by the offensive effort was an outstanding outing by Blanton. Blanton went six innings only giving up one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
Blanton’s season high in strikeouts was nine and he just missed tying that. He kept the ball down for the most part. He ran into a little trouble in the sixth inning but bailed himself out with a strikeout of Chad Tracy.
Blanton’s performance is especially big because the Phillies are counting on him to pitch well down the stretch. He will also be counted on to start a game in the first postseason series most likely.
The Marlins added three runs in the eighth inning off reliever David Herndon. Dan Uggla hit a two-run home run to provide some offense for the Marlins.
The Phillies win maintains their one game lead in the NL East. The Braves kept pace by defeating the Washington Nationals tonight.
2B: Valdez (12). HR: Utley (14), Werth (21), Ruiz (7), Dobbs (5)
WP: Blanton (7-6). LP: Miller (1-2)