After the Phillies took the first game of a three game series, it looked like the Phillies were
on the way to taking the 2nd game.
The Phillies gave Roy Halladay a 6-0 lead by the 4th inning. In Halladay’s career, he was 107-0 when given a 4-run lead. Until his perfect record, wasn’t anymore.
He gave up six runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a Grand Slam to Brian McCann.
Then the game got out of hand. The scoring went back and forth until the Braves walked it off in the bottom of the 11th.
The two teams met again today at 12:10 to square off in the rubber match. (Which I may or may not have put on during my last period of the day because my students were annoying me.)
Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado.
Not exactly a marquee match and one that I could see going either way.
The Phillies jumped on Delgado early with Jimmy Rollins showing why he belongs in the lead-off spot. He singled, advanced on one fly-ball and scored on another.
That lone run is how the score stood until the 7th inning when Laynce Nix hit a solo shot. The Phillies tacked on two more in the ninth with a 2-run homerun by Shane Victorino.
The Phillies won, but their victory is not the whole story or even the main story. That belongs to Joe Blanton.
Yes, I did say Joe Blanton. For the second game in a row, Blanton 2.1 showed up. And this version was even better than the 2.0 version.
Blanton thew a Complete Game Shut-out. His first complete games since 2007. Oh, and it was just a shut-out, it was done with only 88 pitches and in 2 hours and 2 minutes. He only gave up 3 hits with 6 strike-outs.
Let me get recap: Roy Halladay got shelled in his worse outing in a Phillies uniform and the next day, Joe Blanton gets a 3-hit shutout in his best start in a Phillies uniform. Yup, that’s definitely a bizzarro time in Atlanta.