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Blanton Bests Buehrle With Help From Some Great Defense


The Phillies made it back to .500, as they defeated the Marlins 3-1 Thursday night with with help of two things: A solid outing by Joe Blanton and spectacular defense–and naturally those things go hand in hand. Here are some notes from the game:

  • Blanton finished his outing going seven innings pitched while allowing just one run. The last time he did that was September 29, 2010.
  • Freddy Galvis is really settling in for the Phils. He made a few more great plays at second base that dazzled the crowd at Citizens Bank Park. However, he did make an error on a tough bounce a few innings later. He also seems to be figuring it out out at the plate, as he is now putting the ball in play while getting solid contact. He even laid down a perfect bunt in the seventh inning.
  • Ty Wigginton eased the frustrations of many fans with a monster home run to left that almost made it out to Harry The K’s. It was the seventh different team that Wigginton has homered for.
  • Hunter Pence made a great sliding catch right after Galvis’ amazing stop, but later had an “uh-oh” moment where he completely lost the ball after he missed dive attempt.
  • Phillies starters have now combined for a 1.60 ERA so far this season. Ooof.
  • The offense is still only averaging three runs per game, but the Phils’ bats are really showing life these past two games. Even the outs are hard hit balls.
  • Chad Qualls still hasn’t given up a run this year, albeit in just three innings, and Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save as a Phillie at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils welcome the Mets to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow at 7:05 PM with two great guys taking the mound–Cliff Lee for the Phils and R.A. Dickey for the Mets.


Freddy Galvis is silly with the glove. (H/T to @Phylan)

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  1. Jay aka Phillyboy

    April 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    JOE B was Great tonight,sure would like to see this all year……


    April 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Great night for Blanton. Galvis has a fan club already and I am in it.

  3. Bruce

    April 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Another nice win for the Phillies as manager Charlie Manuel’s spring training drills for “smallball” approach to the game is starting to pay off. Blanton is surprisingly sharp and looking very healthy. 🙂

    Fan club for “automatic out” Freddy Galvis? After just six games? With an error to his fielding stats? Geez…some fans are already going ga ga over him. “Freddy…Freddy…Freddy” (chuckles)

  4. bacardipr05

    April 13, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Yeah i dont know about a fan club for Gal-vis…Im with Bruce on this one…Joe B looked good tonight…

  5. Mazinman

    April 13, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Way to go Joe! It would be really great if he can have a good season.

    Only 3 runs but the fact that 2 of them were homers is a really good sign that the players are starting to swing the bat better. The last two games have done a lot to calm me about the situation of our defense. Both of them were long shots too especially Wigginton’s.

    Galvis’ glove is unreal. This is a guy who was a shortstop until a little more than a month ago so he has no right playing that well defensively. Amazing play tonight. I’ve been liking Wigginton more and more at first too. .

    Really liking Qualls as the 8th inning guy right now.

    Now lets knock the Mets back into reality this weekend!

  6. Lefty

    April 13, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Gettin’ Wiggy with it!

  7. Lefty

    April 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Is R.A. Dickey a great guy? He’s a phillie killer for sure, but “great guy”?

    • Chuck A.

      April 13, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Yeah, I was wondering that myself, Lefty..

  8. Psujoe

    April 13, 2012 at 6:41 am


    Galvis had an error on a tough play, but his range and glove are ridiculous. Is there a better fielding second baseman in baseball? Maybe, but not many.

    3 game hitting streak!

  9. Chuck A.

    April 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Galvis is fun to watch. And the fact that his natural position is SS and he’s basically learned 2B on-the-job at the MLB level is nothing short of pretty amazing.

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    April 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The Freddy fan club is there just to let the kid we believe, Dom Brown got it the fisrt time he came up. It is fun to watch him play, still some little things to learn about playing second, but for only playing there for a month or so very i mpressive. And being one of the toughest scorerers alive, it was a tough play but it was an error in my book.
    Even though he got thrown out I like JRoll trying to score on the ball that trickled toward the pitchers mound. JMJ with a big RBI single, and Wiggy with his first Phillies HR was nice. LIked Big Joe’s performance and I had faith that he will havemore like this then bad starts this year. I think the offenses is coming around. More hard outs and line drives even if they are not dropping for hits. The first four games seemed like a lot more weak grounders and pop ups. Do not like the knuckleballer coming into to PHilly tonight. It would be nice to bring the mets back down to earth.

  11. Manny

    April 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    We have a SS playing 2nd base… enjoy it while it lasts!

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