So, they won one. Cue the fireworks!
I kid, I kid. Jimmy Rollins singled in the winning run in the 12th inning to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Giants to avoid being swept. John Mayberry Jr. homered twice, giving him eight for the season. Chase Utley hit his first triple of the season.
Joe Blanton gave them eight pretty good innings, striking out seven, but couldn’t hold the lead in the top half of the eighth as he gave up a second home run to Nate Schierholtz to tie it at three. That sent the game, unnecessarily, to extras.
A major positive was the job done by the bullpen. Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst, and Kyle Kendrick combined to throw four shutout innings, which allowed for Rollins to knock in Carlos Ruiz to win it in the 12th.
Finally, something to cheer about.