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Victorino, Offense Lead the Way for Blanton

Joe Blanton made it work with a little help from his friends.

The Phillies have finally snapped their losing streak.  After losing six in a row, the Phillies pulled out a win against the Baltimore Orioles 9-6.  Joe Blanton started for the Phils and muscled his way into the seventh inning after the offense gave him a 7-0 lead after the second inning.

Bailing out Blanton –

The offense helped out starter Blanton staking him to a huge lead early in the ball game.  This gave Charlie Manuel the option to let his righty take it as far as he could before calling on the bullpen.  At 115 pitches and two outs into the seventh the call was made.  Blanton struck out seven, allowed five runs and gave up another home run.  His ERA is still well above five but he does have five wins.  For now, I will take it.

Tater mashing time –

Jim Thome didn’t go yard tonight but did collect three hits in his first three at bats.  The 41 year-old obviously is very comfortable DH-ing during these inter league games so he picked a perfect time to come back.  Manuel stuck him in the fourth spot in the lineup hitting behind Hunter Pence.

Victorino with five RBIs –

Hitting from the five spot, Shane Victorino decided to knock in five runs tonight.  The five RBIs tonight tied a career high for the center fielder as he fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.  He now has 60 hits, 8 HR and 33 RBIs for the season and trails only Pence for the offense leads on the team (62/13/36).

Offense explodes –

The Phillies blew up tonight with 12 hits.  However, only one hit came after the fourth inning and lead off man Jimmy Rollins was the only starter without a hit going 0 for 5.  Rollins had hit in seven of his last eight games so I wouldn’t look too much into it.  It just seems like it was an off night.

Good series to win –

It is a little weird calling the Orioles a first place team this late in the season so consider this a good win for the Phillies.  Baltimore will most likely be bringing up Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Norfolk for the start tomorrow to face Vance Worley and Cliff Lee will get the start Sunday.  A series sweep is exactly what this team needs right now.  Getting way ahead of myself, Go Phillies.

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  1. bacardipr05

    June 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Way to deliver a few knockout blows when they had a struggling pitcher on the ropes. Blanton almost blew it up all together for us. This guy simply is horrible and the poster child for the Phils problems. Over paid, ineffective, struggling player.

    • schmenkman

      June 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      I think one of the injured players is a much more apt poster child.

  2. Chuck A.

    June 9, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Take solace everyone….. since starting the season 1-3 the Phillies have played .500 baseball…

  3. bacardipr05

    June 9, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Add Galvis to that list. Im convinced theres some outside force, a entity involved in all of this While i didnt think Galvis would be our savior i thought more of him than Mini-Mart.

  4. bacardipr05

    June 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Some what of a baffling move by Amaro. Valdes was sent down, he had been doing pretty good up this point.

  5. Brooks

    June 9, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Positives: (and a HUGE one at that) – Shane could be starting to hit. Lets face it, as close as the Phils have been with these 1 run games, they have pretty much done it without the services of Shane Victorino. His bat, particularly in clutch situations would be an immense boost for this offense.
    Thome – its a positive and a negative – yep, I said it. Now that Thome got 3 hits in one game, Cholly will likely lean on the big fellow to come up with more and at 41, there is not much in the tank. I could not believe that he knocked in his first run last night.
    More positives – Bastardo, Papelbon
    Negatives – Wiggy in the field, again
    Pence swinging wildly, again (I don’t think there is any cure for this but at some point, the man has to start making some consistent contact to raise his average to his lifetime standards)
    We’ve been dealing with the same negatives all season long so far and then some (injury after injury) but, Shane hitting the ball – and lets hope that Jimmy just had some indigestion from the crab cakes – the Phils will Phinally come out of the NL East cellar.

    Another negative – Mr. Schwimmer makes a return – why?

  6. Chuck A.

    June 9, 2012 at 6:31 am

    I’m guessing that Valdes was sent down because the pen is lefty heavy. Schwimer sucks but I don’t think there is anyone else even close to MLB ready. And Stutes, Herndon and DeFratus are still injured. Ruben is gonna have to make a trade for some bullpen help.

  7. bacardipr05

    June 9, 2012 at 7:14 am

    They are in a tough bind Chuck A. Losing Contreras was a huge blow, to the bullpen situation.

  8. Lefty

    June 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Instead of out righting Orr and sending down Valdes, I wish they would have kept Pete Orr (due to the Galvis injury), and out righted Qualls.

    Gelb thinks it’s Rosenberg or Tyson Brummet that will be called up.

  9. Chuck A.

    June 9, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Qualls sucks allright but he’s owed too much money (at least it’s not a Danys Baez contract, though). Plus, I really think that it’s because of having an abundance of lefties in the pen. And I agree….Pete Orr sent down?? In favor of Mini Mart?? Jesus, the team loves this guy and I can’t figure out why…

  10. Lefty

    June 9, 2012 at 8:11 am

    No Phillies fan that I know can figure it out. Maybe they know something we don’t? I know that Wilson Valdez had the walk off winning bunt ( safety squeeze) for Cincinnati yesterday.

    • George

      June 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Reasons I can think of (and yes, I am a Phillies fan):

      The BP is almost all lefthanded. Valdes, though doing reasonably well, is still a journeyman with limited upside.

      Pete Orr doesn’t play shortstop, Martinez does. They need a backup for that spot. If Galvis could play, Martinez probably wouldn’t be here.

      Obviously, if Orr has been outrighted off the 40 man roster, someone will be added who isn’t on it now. It might even be someone from another team, although there are minor league options who also aren’t on the roster.

      • Lefty

        June 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

        I’m sure Martinez is a better SS, but Orr does have a few games of MLB experience there, and a couple hundred minor league games too. Of course if he was all that good at it, being a premium position, I’m sure he’d still be playing it, so I get your point.

        I just don’t like what I’ve seen of MM so far, but I hope he changes my mind.

      • George

        June 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

        I haven’t liked Martinez, either.

        Another possible reason is the Phils’ predominantly left-handed bench. Orr was lefthanded, but Martinez bats from the right side, if you can call what he does actual batting.

  11. TheDipsy

    June 9, 2012 at 8:19 am

    CSN reported last night that Bryce Harper’s homer in Fenway had him join Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline, and Robin Yount as the only teenagers to homer in Fenway. Thinking this sounded absolutely stupid and incorrect. Tony Conigliaro immediately came to mind and a quick fact check revealed he did in fact hit 24 for Boston at the age of 19. I am searching for more. I have free time, what can I tell you?

    The Dipsy

    • Mike

      June 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Mantle, Kaline and Yount were all opposing players so CSN meant Harper is 4th teenager from an opposing team to hit a HR in Fenway.

      • George

        June 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

        If they didn’t make it clear that they were referring to opposing players, it’s still bad reporting.

  12. Lefty

    June 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Laynce Nix has a younger brother that plays for the Yankees. His name is Ja(y)son. I don’t know why the parents felt the urge to add a “Y” to Laynce’s name, but they decided to give one to Jayson as well.

    I really have free time, what can i tell you? I’m better at wasting it than the Dipsy.

    P.S. Mike Trout is, and I predict will always be better than Bryce Harper. And since Harper has a Y in his name too, do you think Mrs. Nix might have been messing around?

    • George

      June 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Maybe she was also messing around with Mr. Werth.

      If she really is playing it loose morally, baseball people should do a genome study on her. Some of those “extra Y” guys are pretty good ballplayers.

  13. Brian Michael

    June 9, 2012 at 8:48 am


  14. Lefty

    June 9, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I’m hearing it’s BJ Rosenberg being brought up from LV, but no confirmation yet.

    • Lefty

      June 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Tweeted from David Murphy, looking for one more.

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