Joe Blanton has a solid start on his return to the mound but takes the lost as the Phils fall to the Cards, 6-3.

Joe Blanton comes back and has a solid start, but ends up losing as the Phils’ offense is unable to do anything as the Phils lose to the Cardinals, 6-3.

The Cards took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Colby Rasmus hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Matt Holliday, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on a David Freese ground out, 4-3. The Phils tied the game up at 1-1 in the fifth inning as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Castro hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jayson Werth, who had earlier doubled, and then moved up to third on Raul Ibanez’s single. The Cardinals retook the lead in the seventh, as Nick Stavinoha hit a lead-off home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Cards a 2-1 lead. Later, with the bases loaded, via singles to Skip Schumaker and Albert Pujols, sending Shumaker up to second base, a Nelson Figueroa wild pitch, sending Schumaker up to third and Pujols to second, and an intentional walk to Holliday, and with two men out, Freese hits a bases clearing double, scoring Schumaker, Pujols and Holliday, giving the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. One batter later, Rasmus made it a 6-1 Cardinals’ lead by hitting an RBI single, knocking in Freese. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the seventh as Werth hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 6-2. In the ninth, the Phils cut the lead to 6-3 as Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. But, that would be it, as Trever Miller and Ryan Franklin then proceeded to strike out the side to end the ballgame.

Joe Blanton took the lost as he pitches six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out four. His record is now 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. Nelson Figueroa pitches an inning and a third, giving up two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless inning, giving up just a hit, while striking out two. Jaime Garcia gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out six. His record is now 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA. Kyle McClellan pitches two innings, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out three. Trever Miller pitches a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit, while striking out one. Ryan Franklin pitches two-thirds of an innings, striking out both men that he would face.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run, knocking in a run, while scoring two. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez followed with one hit each, with Utley’s hit being a solo home run, while Victorino and Ibanez’s hits were singles. Juan Castro knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly.

The Phils (14-11, 1st East) continues their four-game series with the Cardinals (18-8, 1st Central) with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (2-2, 5.28), who is coming off a so-so start against the Giants on April 28, as he pitched a no decision, going six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 7-6 win. He will be trying to improved on his last performance. The Cardinals will counter by sending to the mound Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.13), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Cardinals’ 10-4 win. He will be trying to collect his fifth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to even the four game series while hoping that Hamels is close to his 2007-08 form. 

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