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Spectacular Blanton Sizzles Fish

BlantonFLAJoe Blanton said he found a chink in his armor and fixed it. Boy did he ever, leading the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Marlins.

Blanton threw his best game as a Phillie, going seven and striking out a career-high 11 while allowing just five hits, reducing his ERA to a season-low 6.14. His fastball moved; his breaking balls stayed down. He was the Blanton we had been waiting for.

The game was much tighter at the close, however, as Chad Durbin failed to close out the ninth and Scott Eyre fell victim to a bad throw by Ryan Howard, his first error the season. Brad Lidge had to enter in a three-run game, his first test since his two blown saves at Yankee Stadium. He got the final two outs, one scoring a run (ground out), the other a strikeout of Wes Helms.

The Phils offense struck early off Andrew Miller, mostly thanks to a poor Florida defense. Shane Victorino had a 4-for-5 night, while Pedro Feliz collected two two-out RBI hits, one a clutch insurance double in the seventh.

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  1. Brian of CO

    May 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Not always a big fan of giving up 3 runs in the 9th, but looking at it this way, maybe this was the confidence Lidge needed. Went in having given up quite a few homers, the Bank being a hitter park, bases loaded, only 1 out, and he only gives up a run on a ground out? That should help his confidence. Blanton…WTF? Whatever he ate today, I hope he does it again.

  2. The Big Dipper

    May 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    We should really get rid of Blanton he blows

    These are my best guesses for his replacement
    Eaton 12:1
    Kendrick 9:1
    Carpenter 6:1
    P. Martinez 3:1
    J. Santana 1:1

    The Big Dipper

  3. mike s.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    that’s really funny man… you should write movies.

    can we get a little love in the All Star voting for Raul? he is 6th in outfielders? come on

    and while we are at it, maybe some love for Pedro at 3rd

  4. Brian of CO

    May 26, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Raul should MOST DEFINATELY be top 3.

  5. Albert

    May 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    its a crime he isn’t in the top 3.

  6. Brian of CO

    May 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Raul 44 RBI’s #1
    17 (I think) homers, #1
    Average top 3.
    Complete BS and some fans of other teams not able to actually vote objectively and only vote their own players in regardless of how they are doing. I would love to vote Victorino or Werth in, but I just dont think they deserve it this year sadly. Maybe they will get on a hot streak, but Ibanez has been a BEAST!

  7. Radio

    May 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Blanton really looked good tonight. He looked like a different pitcher from a composure standpoint. And regarding Lidge in the 9th — the run that he allowed was not his, was unearned, and did not come from a hit. So I say good for him. ANYTHING to get his confidence up.

  8. mike s.

    May 26, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    it’s a joke that Manny is even on the ballot

  9. Geoff

    May 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Im so relieved to see this from Joe Blanton tonight. Hes back. You can clearly see he has turned the corner with this start. He looked like he did in the WS last year.

    Also…how is Raul not leading the All Star Voting in LF? Thats ridiculous.

  10. Benson

    May 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Looking at Blanton’s career numbers, he goes on very hot and very cold streaks. If this start is any indication, he could definitely be on the verge of some stellar stuff. It would great to see Blanton bring down his ERA to the 4.50 range within his next 3 starts!

  11. Manny

    May 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    When you vote for the NL outfielders, just vote for Raul (only one out of the 3 options)… you don’t wanna vote for Raul AND his competition at the same time!

  12. Keith

    May 26, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    well u can vote for the three Phillies

  13. Keystone

    May 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I think Manny’s suspension will cover the all star game.

  14. The Little Guy

    May 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Keystone, no it won’t lol

  15. ChitownStu

    May 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Manny is available to participate in the All-Star game…his suspension is over July3rd or close there to…..

    Ibanez deserves to start…he’s been an excellent addition to the Phills..replacing Pat the bat…

  16. 4daysrest.com

    May 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Jayson Werth needs to get his shit together. I know Andrew Miller was wild early-on in the game, but there’s no excuse to strike out looking on 3 fastballs right down the middle. With a man on 2nd and 3rd and one out, he had a real chance in the first inning to open the game up. He’s got to be better.

    And don’t give me that “Oh but he hit a double in the 8th” crap. Great. He has 1 hit in his last 18 at-bats.

    Otherwise, I liked the way the team swung the bats tonight.

    As for the relief corps (aside from Madson), why is it so hard to throw strikes when you’re up 5-0? Walking people and pitching away from contact is unacceptable in that situation – I’m talking to you, Durbin.

  17. ChitownStu

    May 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Well…we do have junior up to the bigs for a reason 4dayrest. Maybe give him a few days in Right?!?!

    As far as needing to get his ish together? Again, such fatalistic talk…It’s ONLY May!!

  18. 4daysrest.com

    May 27, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I would have been perfectly fine starting Mayberry tonight against the lefty. By no means should Werth be losing his starting job, but I’m simply saying something needs to happen to break this guy out of his slump. Either a day off, some extra BP, try laying down a bunt, something…

  19. Miles

    May 27, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I totally agree with the comments about Raul. We have got to get the vote out here people. Its up to us to get him voted in. Tim, can we promote a Vote For Raul campaign or something? Yeah, Manny being 4th is embarrassing. As a baseball fan, I seriously am ashamed that that many people voted for him.

  20. Keith

    May 27, 2009 at 1:00 am

    maybe like a facebook group?

  21. Bruce

    May 27, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Well.. I posted earlier (on another thread) that I would have like to see Mayberry Jr’s righthanded bat going against the lefty Miller in tonight’s game. Werth still looked lost in his early AB’s in the game. He did managed to hit an outside pitch off a righthanded rookie (whose name eludes me) for an opposite field double in his last AB. Hopefully that hit may get him out his funk.

    Blanton clearly the player of the game with Victorino (4 hits) a close second. Moving Victorino into second slot in the lineup made Manuel looking like a genius. 😉

    With the addition of Blanton’s outstanding performance and Lidge’s return to form (confidence booster and 9th save), I would say all is well with rotation (one thru five) AND closer. Knock on wood. Of course, it won’t quieted down the GM wanna be’s on this site who need to play their game (with wish list in hand) of “my trade choice is better than your choice.” (chuckles) Well, so long as their participation is done without personal rancor, is it their enjoyment and a right to do so.

    One last note, ex-mate Wes Helms played out of his mind the first two games in this series. The first game with his bat (3 hits incuding HR and 4 RBIs) and tonight’s game with his glove as a substitute at 3rd base. Helms did an imitation of Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson with that one defensive play in the 6th inning (diving in mid air and grabbing a sizzling line drive behind his back off Ruiz’s bat). Fortunately for the Phillies he made the last out AB on a nasty slider by Lidge.

    Now it’s Brett Myers’ turn tomorrow to add another quality start to a growing total by Phillies’ rotation that is looking better all the time.

  22. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Bruce no disrespect to you ,but comments like” All is well with the rotation” I hope you are just kidding, How does someone after one game say lidge return to form and blanton makes the rotation fine, it keep the gm quiet on this site. are you over fifteen? just wondering, Can’t understand anyone who followes a sport making those comments, unless you work for the phillies and are being forced to post them, to keep the real fans quiet. Unbeliveable that someone can make those remarks after one game. Do you know anything about this sport, and if next game blanton gets bomb will you post?

  23. The Dipsy

    May 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

    mikemike. Loved Blanton’s night. Looked fantastic. Don’t you think you’re being a little hard on Bruce? Perhaps he was just caught up in the euphoria. My take on this is: When you’re #2, #3, ##4, and #5 picthers are just average at any given time, two of them will be average, one pitching above average, and one pitching below average. I call that “the law of average” 🙂

    The Dipsy

  24. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Bruce I am sorry just found out you work for Amaro. So keep those upbeat post, we don’t want you to get in trouble? we will just ignore them. lol

  25. Doug D.

    May 27, 2009 at 7:31 am

    It looks like the rotation is finally coming out of their short-offseason funk. Great game, CJ. Now Charlie needs to make another slight adjustment to the rotation because he has Happ, Hamels and Moyer (all lefties) pitching in consecutive order. With the off day on Thursday, he can push Moyer back a day (again) to break up the 3 lefties, as well as breaking up to 2 righties of the Redneck Wrecking Crew…Let’s hope that last night’s save was a breakthrough game for Lidge…As far as Jayson’s slump, it seems as though the pitcher’s know he’s not gonna swing at the first pitch and he is always behind in the count. I know he exercises patience at the plate (and that’s a good thing), but perhaps he should try swinging at one of those grooved fastballs he’s been taking for Strike One. This can’t be right, but I can only recall him swinging at one first offering all season.

  26. DHall

    May 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    It’s one good start guys. Was it a nice outing? Yes. Was it against a week lineup that didn’t even have Hanley Ramirez for half the game? Yes. Let’s give him a few starts before we decree that the old Joe Blanton is dead. As for the All Star Game, does anyone still care about this? It’s a popularity contest…always has been, always will. The fans vote on who they want to see, and many of the fans are idiots. They’re not educated on who’s having the best year at their position and they can’t be impartial towards their own team. I wouldn’t be suprised if Griffey made it as a starter.

  27. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Dipsy just feel guys are just not thinking about what they are saying, Maybe the starters will get better, but one game isn’t time to tell us it’s all changed. Just like a guy posted after Mayberry homer, mayberry is here to stay, like one homer makes him a starter for this team. to me it’s consistent play, Blanton was outstanding last night and as a fan I hope he keeps it up, but his numbers say he only pitches3.3 good starts out of ten. That is a fact. The mets are bang up and still only one game behind. to me a solid number 2 and will run away with his division.

  28. Chutley

    May 27, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Mike n ike…… Bruce can say the ”rotation is fine” when they just went up against one of the best lineups in basbeall (the yankees) and COMPLETELY shut them down. If it wasn’t for Lidge we would have swept them. And then Moyer pitched decent game one and Blanton was dominating. Maybe you were out with the family this weekend but if you were watching they looked just “fine” to me

  29. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 8:10 am

    See Dipsy another one who thinks one start and they are fine. unbelievalbe post. but I consider the source, First the yankess don’t know happ let’s see him the second time , he might be great, but I will wait on that one. Hamels is a top starter, so no debate there, Moyer was move not to face the yankees did you see that , they move him to face the marlins, did you see that , wasn’t that a confidence booster. myers did pitch well .but hope he is the myers we seen in the second half or the one who was sent down,?but the way who leads the league in homers given up by a starter. If you know baseball that stat will catch up with you.

  30. Chutley

    May 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Mine n ike…. it wasn’t one start. It was FIVE in a row. they moved Moyer to face the Marlins because his record is like 10-1 against the fish. why wouldn’t they push his start back? The Yankees have seen Happ in Spring training so that excuse doesn’t work. And it was his first start of the year so did we all expect him to get rocked? But he didn’t. The pichting staff is back on track. I predict clear sailing from here until the all star break. Oh yeah and a 6 game lead for the Phils

  31. Justin

    May 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Either tikemike is either a glass half empty kind of guy or he’s the guy who likes people to believe the ship is sinking when it’s sailing smoothly. Yea Moyer hasn’t proved he was worth the new contract but he’s looked better his last 2 starts, if the umpire calls 3rd strike on Helms on the 2-2 then we’re talking about a win for moyer instead of a loss. Blanton, minus his bad 5th inning against Cincinnati has looked very much improved his last few starts, it shows it was a mechanics problem because all the announcers kept talking about was that he was finally coming over the top with the pitch as opposed to more from the side. So as much as you want to think the ship is sinking for a team that is 6 games over .500 and leading their division, it’s not you just need to relax and let the team do what it does best this time of year, win. This team perennially gets hot at the end of may into June and can turn on the burners with all the injuries piling up on the Muts, with Reyes, Church, and Delgado out for a while now is the time to put some space between them.

  32. M.P. aka Philles Phan SC #54

    May 27, 2009 at 8:49 am

    We ALL need to push for Rauuuuuul to be on the All-star list. It seems the City of Milwaukee is mobilizing their brew crew fans nicely, and while justified, there is no reason Rauuul is below Manny. Spread the word, let’s all vote Rauuuul in now the best we can! I also think Victorino should be moving up, but we are sitting on another MVP candidate here!

  33. Marc H

    May 27, 2009 at 8:56 am

    The best posarts of attending last night’s game were;

    1) Joe Blanton’s 11 strikeout performance
    2) Shane Victorino’s 4 for 5
    3) Not havig to listen to Tom McCarthy ramble on for 9 innings about Goya beans and non-sensical trivia

  34. J A Happy

    May 27, 2009 at 8:58 am

    As for getting Raauuul as a starter in the all-star game ,lets look up north to all the NY fans ,alot of them check out our blog,we have a lot of spirited fun with them ,

    Maybe they can help , hell its a big city!!

  35. Albert

    May 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Geoff you are a piece of work man. Earlier yesterday you said, “… try to move Blanton for almost nothing (because he has some value, but not much).” Blanton puts together a good start and he has turned a corner? Last night’s start was not a surprise to me at all. Blanton has been pitching like this since St. Louis, the only thing he didn’t do tonight is surrender a big inning. Blanton is a solid number three and you’ll see his numbers return to his career norms.

  36. Steve-o

    May 27, 2009 at 9:14 am

    So how bout all that trade talk yesterday for starting pitching? We can at least put that away for a day. Blanton’s stuff last night was nothing short of miraculous. He threw aggressively, his fast ball was painted all night, and his slider had a ton of movement. Also glad to see Lidge come in fired up for that last strikeout, huge for his confidence.
    Good pitching is contagious. Myers, Hamels, Happ, and Blanton have all thrown phenomenally in their last starts. Now we see if Myers can keep it rolling. I’m fine with him giving up 2-3 HRs a game, as long as they are solo shots. That’s the key with him. He can’t walk batters.

  37. Manny

    May 27, 2009 at 9:26 am

    JA Happy: Raauuuuuuul is from New York so I definitely think we should ask for their help!

  38. Chuck P

    May 27, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Can we just root for our friggin team and stop jumping all over guys? This is the type of crap that gives our fan base a bad name. Early yesterday, following a loss, the posts here centered on Blanton being toast, Moyer being cooked and Lidge being useless. Now, one day later, we have one more notch in the win column and suddenly all is well. WTF? Yesterday, we were in first place… today we are still in first place… not much has changed except for the tune on this site. These are the same guys that won a WS in 2008… and we’re better because, in my opinion, our LF is the first half front-runner for NL MVP. Let’s support these guys until they give us a reason to be worried. We’re not helping our cause… Blanton will be fine, Moyer is still throwing the same stuff that won him 16 games in 2008, Lidge’s slider is still filthy, Werth has showed that he can be that guy and Rollins has raised his BA 30 points in May.

  39. Geoff

    May 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

    You guys are d!cks, OBVIOUSLY a performance like that changes things. He had one good performance against Washington before last night and thats it. OF course its going to be different after 7 scoreless innings with 11K’s!

    Now if only Moyer could do something wed be back in business.

  40. Geoff

    May 27, 2009 at 9:55 am

    The only weak link now is Moyer. who is still very weak. Now Blanton needs 2 or 3 good starts in a row to show consistency.

  41. NJ

    May 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Moyer except 3 bad starts has been decent, not great but decent. Almost everyones expecting 7IP+ 3ER or less with a WHIP close to 1… Moyer’s doing his job, Blanton made a great start.

    This teams leading the division with more to come from the bullpen, Cole, Joe & Jamie and guys like Dobbs not to mention what we expect to be monster streaks down the stretch from Ryan, Chase, Jimmy…

    This team haven’t played well this season but won a world series in a year there were too many bad and undisciplined games. We’re not giving credit for how well this season is actually going INSPITE of the issues. We’re not hurt like the Mets or floundering like the Fish. I’ll say it again not every hitter is going to hit .300 and not every pitcher is going 7+ with low run totals and don’t expect it, the Yankees tried to buy a guy able to do one of those things into every position and it didn’t happen for years.

  42. Geoff

    May 27, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Moyers starts have almost all been below average…Joes had been too until last night (I think he had one good one vs washington).

  43. Miles

    May 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Geoff he had a great start against St. Louis…perhaps that’s the one you are thinking of.

    And listen, everyone keeps getting on our guys for giving up too many home runs but wouldn’t you rather see home runs (especially solo ones which has been the case) instead of guys being wild all the time? It’s amazingly easy to cut back on homers. Just make one or two mistakes less the next time out. If we curb our home run problems, our rotation looks great. Look how good the command has been! That is what will turn the rotation around.

    Also, thanks to Tim for getting the Vote out for the Phils (especially Raul). We all have to do our part here.

  44. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I can’t believe the stinking mets, the whole team is hurt and they are only a .5 game behind us and they already had a west coast trip. while we played washington 6 games or 7 I believe. We really need to win at home and go on a ten or 11 game winning streak. put some distance between us and the rest of the east.

  45. Chuck P

    May 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Why should one performance… one good start… change your opinion of whether a player belongs on the roster? That’s absurd. What changed overnight? You have to stick these guys… I mean, considering what they did for all of last year, two months of baseball is not enough to condemn any player on this roster.

  46. Richie Allen

    May 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    As I said yesterday,We have to be patient with Blanton and Moyer.
    And even if WE ARE NOT PATIENT,Charlie is……..So it doesnt matter what we think.
    Its Lidge that is the concern….at least in my opinion.He still doesnt look right to me,but hopefully last night will give him confidence going foreward.
    Does anybody think its a bad idea to have Madson close for a while?

  47. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I have really look at this kid Cain, his hits per innings , quality starts, are really really good. I think on our team he is a two, so its werth. donald, Worley as my first offer, and if necessary marson and they throw in a low level a player.

  48. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    sorry hit the button on mlb trade rumors. They said the phillies are looking towards life without myers, in other words he isn’t coming back

  49. The Little Guy

    May 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    mikemike, no one really gives a crap who you would offer for Matt Cain, considering your an old man sitting in your computer room, and not a GM or FO guy.

    I’m sick of people saying, i would offer, blah blah blah.

    It doesn’t matter.

  50. mikemike

    May 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The Little Guy if I am a old man just shows how you were raised to be an disrespect little runt, if you don’t like a post answer it with some class. if you are sick of people . How do you think we feel listening to your stupid post , but we listen. the younger generation has no class and you prove it. thank god not everyone is as disrepectfully to people as you are. The thing I have notice is when a younger person can’t win they will say . your grammer is bad, or your old, imazing how they react when they can’t win a argument. They cry like a baby who drop his rattle.

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