The Phillies got on the board in the first. Jimmy Rollins started the game off with a single to right field and Juan Pierre followed that up with a bunt single. With the first two runners on base, the Phillies started to play small ball. Shane Victorino hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field that got Rollins to third. Hunter Pence knocked Rollins home with a sacrifice to center to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Laynce Nix would give the Phillies a little breathing room in the seventh with his second home run of the year to centerfield to put the Phillies up 2-0.
Delgado pitched extremely well for the Braves. Delgado threw eight innings allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out five. The Braves could not get anything going against Joe Blanton. Blanton’s last complete game came with the A’s on July 3, 2007 and last shutout came in June 2007. He worked the plate and got ahead of hitters early on. Blanton pitched nine complete innings allowing just three hits and striking out six. He threw 88 pitches, 67 of them for strikes. The shutout was complete after Martin Prado lined into a double play to second baseman Freddy Galvis. It is Blanton’s third win of the year and first complete game in a Phillies uniform.
In the ninth, Livan Hernandez came on to pitch for the Braves. Pierre just lined a single to left to lead off the inning. Victorino followed it by keeping his weight back and driving a change up into the first row out in right field to open up the Phillies lead to 4-0 for his team leading fifth home run of the year. The Phillies would go on to win by that margin in just two hours and two minutes.
The Phillies visit Washington tomorrow night for the Nationals’ “Take Back the Park” weekend and, also, Bryce Harper’s home debut.
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