Blanton goes the Distance in Phillies 4-0 Victory

After the cluster mess of a loss last night the Phillies got back to their winning ways this afternoon with a 4-0 win, Joe Blanton pitches first complete game shutout of the year for the Phillies.

The Phillies striked first this afternoon as they put together some early baserunners and Hunter Pence would push across one of those runs and the only run in the inning on a deep Sacrifice fly to center field.

But we now know no lead is safe anymore.

In the top of the seventh inning the Phillies did the unthinkable, they actually were able to hit a ball out of the ballpark. Laynce Nix crushed a ball to dead centerfield for a solo shot to give the Phils a 2-0 lead.

On the pitching side big Joe Blanton actually pitched a pretty impressive game today, he was working fast, getting people out and was not throwing a ton of pitches. Blanton only allowed one hit through the first four innings today.

Shane Victorino gave Blanton some insurance in the top of the ninth inning with a two run home run to right field, the first home run of the year for Shane batting on the left side, his other four home runs were all from the right side.

Blanton pitches a three hit complete game shutout today and only pitched 88 pitches overall today. Pounded the strike zone all day long and even chalked up a hit.

This game was only two hours and two minutes.

Phillies are now back to .500 once again.

The umpire today who was behind home plate scared the living hell out of me, every time there was a strike he would ferociously make sure everybody in the ballpark knew it was a strike. He sure was overachieving at his job today.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night in Washington where the Phillies begin a three game weekend series against the Nationals.

Some Other Notes from Atlanta 

Roy Halladay was not with the team today but will rejoin the Phillies tomorrow in Washington, Halladay left the team because of personal reasons. No matter what the result was last night he was going to leave the ball club today.

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