Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blanton tosses gem in series win over Braves

PBR - A day after both teams amounted for 28 runs combined, Joe Blanton took the hill for the Phillies and was superb, pitching a complete game shutout en route to a 4-0 victory over the Braves Thursday afternoon at Turner Field.

Blanton allowed only three hits and struck out six batters in his third win of the season.

In five starts now, Blanton is 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP ( 21-to-3 K/BB ratio).

Offensively, the Phillies (13-13) were lifted by Shane Victorino and Laynce Nix, who combined to hit three RBI and each had a home run.

After a sacrifice fly in the first inning by Hunter Pence that scored Jimmy Rollins for a 1-0 lead, the Phils waited again until the seventh when Nix hit a solo shot to center and then added insurance in the last inning when Victorino hit a fly ball over the right field wall to put the game away.

On the mound for the Braves was Randall Delgado, who pitched eight solid innings for Atlanta (15-11) and gave up two runs with five strikeouts. Livan Hernandez came in for Delgado and gave up the Victorino homer in the ninth.

Friday night, the Phillies will send out Kyle Kendrick for his third start against the phenom Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13 ERA) and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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