It wasn’t the huge outpour of offense Philly fans have grown accustomed to in the past couple years. But last night for the Phillies; it worked. Locking up three runs on three hits was all Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.15) needed to get just his fourth decision in his last 12 starts. He is 3-1 in those decisions.
Shane Victorino had two of the three hits for the Phillies. Jayson Werth was the beneficiary of Victorino’s two hits scoring each time. Not to be out done, Shane also scored a run on a Mike Sweeney ground ball and saved another throwing out Nick Hundley trying to score in the fifth.
Padres’ starter Jon Garland (13-9, 3.29) pitched well going into the seventh inning allowing three runs, hits, and walks. His offense just couldn’t get anything together for him. Their lone run came on an RBI single by Garland.
The Phillies will look for the sweep later today sending the San Diego native Cole Hamels to the hill in a matchup of lefties. Clayton Richard will throw for the Padres. The Phillies are still two games back in the NL East but lead the Giants by a game and a half for the Wild Card.