Joe Blanton has his best outing as a Phillie getting his first win in a Phillies uniform.
Blanton (W 1-0): 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K, 2 BB
Looper (L 10-9): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB
Lidge (S 27): 1 IP, H, 2 K
Howard: 1-1, HR (28), RBI, R, 3 BB
Dobbs: 1-3, HR (4), RBI, R
Ludwick: 1-4, HR (26), RBI, R
Blanton and Looper went toe to toe for 7 innings, both making mistake (s). The difference in this game? The mistake count was Blanton 1-Looper 2. Allowing a solo shot to Dobbs, and then Looper's nemisis Ryan Howard (4-5 with 4 HRs against him) hit another one to neutralize Ludwick's 3rd HR in two games against the Phillies, and Brad Lidge avoided a RISP in the 9th by striking out Ankiel to end the game, and saved his 27th game in 27th chances. Final Score: Phillies 2 Cardinals 1
What does this win mean?
This win means the Phillies even the series, and and have won their third straight game in which Blanton has started. Coupled with a Mets loss and a Marlins victory, the Phillies have a 1.5 game lead over the Marlins, and a 2 game lead over the Mets.
Phillies vs. Cardinals
Sunday August 3rd @ 8:05 (ON ESPN)
Myers (4-9) vs. Wellemeyer (8-4)