In spite of becoming the first Phillies’ starter to pitch eight innings, Joe Blanton loses the game as he is the victim of a pair of two-run home runs as the Phils lose to the Braves, 6-2, falling into third place in the NL East as both the Mets and the Marlins win.
The Braves took a quick 1-0 lead in the second, as, with two men on, and one man out, Jeff Francoeur hits an RBI single, knocking in Garret Anderson, who had earlier walked, and had gone to second on Brian McCann’s single, while McCann, who had earlier singled, moved on to third. The Phillies tied the game in the fourth at one-all, as, with one out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his tenth home run of the year. The Braves regained the lead in the fifth, as, with one man out, Kelly Johnson hits an RBI double, scoring Braves’ starter Javier Vazquez, who had earlier doubled, making it 2-1 Braves. One batter later, with a runner on second and still one man out, Yunel Escobar hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, knocking in Johnson, making it 4-1 Braves. The Braves would add to their lead in the eighth, when, with a man on, and two men out, McCann hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the year, scoring Chipper Jones, who had earlier singled, giving the Braves a 6-1 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the eighth, as Raul Ibanez hits a lead-off solo home run, his ninth home run of the year, making it a 6-2 Braves’ lead. That would be the final score as a Phils threat in the ninth fizzled out.
Joe Blanton took the lost, as he pitched eight innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and one walk, as he struck out five. His record is now 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA. Scott Eyre pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just one hit and a walk. Javier Vazquez got the win, as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while he struck out seven. His record is now 3-3 with an ERA of 3.88. Eric O’Flaherty pitched a third of an inning, giving up no runs or hits. Mike Gonzalez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit, as he struck out a batter.
The Phillies had only five hits in the game, with Chase Utley having two hits, a double and a solo home run. Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Chris Coste had the other three hits, with Coste’s hit being a double and Ibanez’s being a solo home run. Blanton is the first Phils’ starter to pitch eight innings this season. Sadly, he didn’t have anything to show for it as a pair of two-run home runs did him in.
The Phillies (15-13, 3rd) will conclude their three-games series with the Braves (14-16) at Citizens Bank Park. The game is already in progress. The Phils are sending to the mound Brett Myers (2-2, 5.35), who is coming off a bad start against the Cardinals on May 5, where he went five and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while he struck out a batter, in the Phillies’ 10-7 win. He will be trying for his third win of the season while improving on his previous start. The Braves are countering with Kenshin Kawakami (1-4, 6.41), who is coming off a lost against the Mets, also on May 5, as he went five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out seven, in the Braves’ 4-3 lost. The Phils will be trying to win the series this afternoon.