It will go down in the books as the second complete game for Joe Blanton. But the Phillies might as well get a complete game as well.
For a team that has struggled to find its way lately, the Phillies had everything from start to finish. They hit, they pitched, they fielded, and when it was all over, they won.
They hadn’t won a series in June. Now they have, as they finished off the Twins in one of their most well-rounded games of the season.
Ty Wigginton opened the scoring with a bang, hitting a solo home run to left to put the Phillies on the board.
The Twins and Trevor Plouffe had an answer with a solo shot in the bottom of the second.
But the Phillies responded again in the third thanks to the big man. Jim Thome, who had already driven in six on the series, upped his total to nine with a three-run shot to right-center to give the Phillies the lead back.
They would add single runs in the eighth and ninth on RBI hits by Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco to extend the lead, but Thome’s three-run shot proved to be plenty for Joe Blanton.
For the second time this season, Blanton went the distance, allowing one run on seven hits. He struck out seven without walking a batter. His performance led the Phillies as they picked up their second straight victory, a 6-1 win over the Twins.
It seems like it’s been an eternity since I said this, but finally a convincing win from the Phillies. They really came together as a team tonight and poured a team effort into a win.
The offense had its stars with Thome and Wigginton delivering big hits in their only successful at-bats. Hunter Pence and Jimmy Rollins were the only Phillies with hits that didn’t drive in a run. Pence had one hit. Rollins had three hits.
On the mound, it was all Blanton, who finally put together a good outing not only for himself but for the rotation as a whole. The starting core had not been good since Roy Halladay’s injury and worse in the month of June. Perhaps Blanton and the Phillies are finally out of that slump.
Now, they have to string together the wins into a sizable streak to try to erase the deficits of the division and wildcard. They get that chance in Toronto this weekend.
L: Scott Diamond (5-2)