A complete game effort by Joe Blanton gives the Phils the series win as they shutout the Braves, 4-0.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Juan Pierre’s bunt single, then moved up to third on Shane Victorino’s fly out to right, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Laynce Nix hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils then took a 4-0 lead in the ninth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Victorino hits a solo home run, his fifth home run of the year, scoring Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single. That would end up being the final score as Joe Blanton threw a three-hit shutout by getting Martin Pardo to lined into a 4-3 doubleplay, doubling off at first Michael Bourn, who had just singled, for the game’s final out.
Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) took the win as he threw a complete game shutout, as he gave up just three hits, while striking out six. Randall Delgardo (2-3, 5.14) took the lost as he pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Livan Hernandez pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Juan Pierre (Singles) and Laynce Nix (Single, Home Run, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Shane Victorino (Home Run, 2 RBIs), Hunter Pence (Double, RBI), Pete Orr (Single) and Joe Blanton (Single) had the other five hits, as the offense continues to hit.
The Phils (13-13, 4th) will continue their road trip with a three-game visit with the Nationals (15-9, 1st), starting with a night game tomorrow night. The game will be played at Nationals Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59), who is coming off a lost to the Cubs on April 29, as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be going for his first win of the season. The Nats will counter with Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13) who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 28, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up a run on five hits, while he struck out nine, in the Nats’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to tame the presently hot Phils’ bats. The Phils wil be trying to get themselves above .500, while at the same time getting themselves closer to the top two spots in the division.