Joe Blanton would record his first victory in a Phil’s uniform as he pitches seven strong innings to defeat the Cardinals, 2-1. Both Phillies runs would come in on solo hime runs off of Cardinals’ starter Braden Looper. The first home run came in the third as Greg Dobbs would hit his fourth home run of the year to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The Phillies would increase their lead in the fourth as Ryan Howard would hit his thirty-first home run of the year to make it a 2-0 Phillies’ lead. In the seventh, Ryan Ludwick would hit a monster shot to left for the Cardinals’ only run, his twenty-sixth home run of the year, cutting the Phils’ lead to 2-1, as Blanton kept the Cardinals’ down all night, using all of his pitches effectively, as he got a lot of fly ball outs, while striking out five batters, all of them looking. Brad Lidge would come into the game in the ninth to record his twenty-seventh save of the year.
Joe Blanton would get the win, his first as a Phil, as he pitches seven strong innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits while striking out five, all of them looking. His record is now 6-12 (1-0 as a Phil) with a ERA of 4.94. J.C. Romero would pitch a third of an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Chad Durbin would pitch two-thirds of an inning, giving up no runs on no hits. Brad Lidge would pitch a scoreless ninth, giving up no hits as he records his twenty-seventh save in as many tries. Braden Looper wpuld also pitch seven innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. His record is now 10-9 with a ERA of 4.29. Russ Springer would pitch a scoreless inning, giving up no hits. Ryan Franklin would also pitch a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.
The Phillies’ offense, for the second game in a row, would get very few hits, in this case four, although this time they would make two of them count as they hit two solo hime runs. They would turn out to be all that Joe Blanton would actually need as he kept the Cardinals off-balanced all game, as he used all of his pitches very effectively, throwing a lot of first pitch strikes and getting a large number of fly balls and pop up outs. The Phillies will now be trying to get their bats to explode tonight as they go for their third straight series win.
The Phillies (60-50) will be playing the final game of their three games series with the Cardinals (62-51, 3rd National League Central) later tonight. The game will be played at Busch Stadium and will start at 8:05 pm Eastern (7:05 pm Central). The Phillies will be sending to the mound Brett Myers (4-9, 5.46), who is coming off a victory against the Nationals on July 29, where he pitched seven strong innings, giving up an unearned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 2-1 win. He has faced the Cardinals once already this year, getting a no-decision on June 15, as he pitched six innings, giving up six earned runs on eight hits, in the Phillies’ 7-6 lost. Lifetime against the Redbirds, he is 3-2 with a 5.43 ERA in nine career starts. He will be trying for his second straight win since coming back from his minor league stint while trying to stay in the starting rotation. The Cardnals will counter with Todd Wellemeyer (8-4, 4.13), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on July 29, going six innings as he gave up two earned runs on eight hits in the Cardinals’ 8-3 win. He has meet the Philles once already this year, facing them on June 13, taking a lost as he would only be able to go three and a third innings, getting rocked for eight earned runs on eight hits, in the Cardinals’ 20-2 lost. He will be trying to see if he can improve on that previous start while trying to keep the Cardinals close to the Cubs and the Brewers in the Central Division.
The Phillies still lead the now second place Marlins by a game and a half as they defeated the Rockies. The Mets now trail the Phils by two games as they lost to the Astros. The Braves now trail the Phillies by ten games as they lost to the Brewers. The Phillies will be trying to now win the series with the Cardinals before heading home to meet the Marlins and hopefully start putting some real distance between themselves and the Marlins and the Mets.