Average Joe Foils Fish

Phillies SP Joe Blanton allowed one run through seven innings in his first start of the season against the Marlins. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Phillies may be the only rotation who has as much attention put on their fifth start as their number one.

Joe Blanton sticks out like a sore thumb in a rotation filled with the stars it boasts. That’s why when he puts up an effort like he did tonight that he will garner a lot of attention.

Blanton was efficient, sharp and forcing bad swings on the star-studded line up of the Marlins. He allowed only one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 3-1 win.

The only rough patch Blanton hit in his whole outing came in the 5th inning with two outs. Omar Infante doubled to the gap in left-center and John Buck followed with an RBI single to make it a 2-1 game.

Through the first three innings, Mark Buerhle was unhittable. But Shane Victorino solved that problem with a solo home run to lead off the 4th.

Jimmy Rollins started another rally with a single to right field. Hunter Pence then doubled to put him and Rollins in scoring position but a misplay by Infante gave Rollins a chance to try and score but he was thrown out at the plate.

John Mayberry then followed with an RBI single that would have scored both Rollins and Pence had Rollins not tried to take home on one out, but nonetheless Pence scored on the play to make it a 2-0 game.

Ty Wigginton added a solo home run in the 7th inning to  make it a 3-1 game two innings after the Marlins cut the lead in half on Buck’s RBI single.

Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon ironed down the last two innings and the Phillies pulled to 3-3 on the early season and besting the Marlins in the two teams’ first match up of the season.

2B: Pence (2). HR: Victorino (1), Wigginton (1).

WP: Blanton (1-1). LP: Buerhle (0-2). S: Papelbon (2).


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