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Blanton’s Beauty Beats Fish, 5-1

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, March 19, 2009 08:40 PM | Comments: 13
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Joe Blanton turned in an outstanding performance, leading the Phillies to a 5-1 win over the Marlins. Blanton threw six innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three. And this was against much of the Florida opening day lineup (Hanley Ramirez not in uniform).

The Phils, meanwhile, hit Florida in the sixth inning to grab a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Ryan Howard and Marcus Giles hit doubles, while Chris Coste contributed with his first hit of the Grapefruit League. John Mayberry Jr. walked, stole a base and scored a run in one of his two plate appearances.

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  • Posts: 0 Gary

    Hopefully we were playing Coste to showcase him for the Marlins.
    Now that Pudge is with the Astros, maybe we can get a little more for Coste.

     
  • Posts: 0 NC Jason

    Great to see Myers and now Blanton turn in solid efforts. Pitching is really looking good.

     
  • Posts: 0 Barry Deutsch

    That kid, Donald, that you had at shortstop showed me little. He got some good cuts at bat but he played the position just about the Stairs might have done. He made 2 errors and never reached a third ball that can’t be scored as an error because, well, he never reached it :)

     
  • Posts: 0 Justin

    I think Pudge signing helps the market for coste as he’s a growing commodity for teams needing catching help, not that i would ever do it but the Mets now have a problem now that they just found out Brian Schneider is out indefinitely. I don’t know if I’m them that I want to live with Robinson Cancel and the even slower Ramon Castro.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in TN

    Since Pitching wins world series…

    I’m very glad that our pitching looks good going into April.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Things are falling really nicely into place for the Phils, the back-up catcher and lefty reserve bat situation isn’t resolved but an un-nervingly large amount of things are seeming to have fallen into place and this seems to be the least amount of questions lingering we’ve had going into a season in recent memory.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    I’m sorry, Tim, but I don’t think Donald stands a chance at 3B… at least not right now. Maybe he can work on it but I just don’t see it happening. I think his best bet is at 2B… just not here. The kid can obviously spray the ball, he’s got a great attitude and he’s just oozing with potential but he’s not a great fit in Philadelphia. I’m not playing him at 3B unless he can play defense… even if he can hit .300, that’s not going to help us much in the 7 hole. If Dobbs wasn’t a fixture on this roster, that would be the guy that Donald would replace.

    Park with a hamstring issue… Happ has got to be fist-pumping happy right now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    NJ Says:
    March 20th, 2009 at 7:39 am
    Things are falling really nicely into place for the Phils, the back-up catcher and lefty reserve bat situation isn’t resolved but an un-nervingly large amount of things are seeming to have fallen into place and this seems to be the least amount of questions lingering we’ve had going into a season in recent memory.
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    If you ask this retard, the Phils have the most holes of any MLB team this spring: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9347138/Phillies-have-growing-concerns-all-over

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    That is the most one-sided article that I have ever read… who is that guy?

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    just a guy trying to be “sensational” and get people talking about what he wrote..

    I’m sure he read about Manuel being pissed his team played sloppy after that Yankees game.. and decided to write a story about it.

    Is it really going to take 10-12 days to go over BUNT DEFENSES??

     
  • Posts: 0 Justin

    Philly is a town every sport writer loves to bash because “we threw snowballs at santa” and we boo our own players. If this was NY and we did any of this it’d be water under the bridge, they got all over their teams last year and not a word was said about it, except they needed to play better. Philly wins the World Series and apparently we have gaping holes and are really screwing our team up by have a whole 2 players left in the WBC. I don’t see them talkin about the Yankees or Mets or anyone who actually have pitchers or more players than the Phils in the WBC. Well it looks like Gerry Fraley did his job got people talking about his article no matter how biased it was.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sean Chase

    BLAN-TON IS A BEAST!

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck P

    Agreed Sean… don’t forget that Blanton was the opening day starter in Oakland just one year ago.

    I thought that this was interesting…

    If Cole is ready by opening day, we could potentially have five opening day starters in our rotation… Jamie Moyer was the opening day starter four times with Seattle (as recently as 2006), Chan Ho Park was the opening day starter for the Dodgers in 2001, Myers was our opening day starter last year and Blanton for the A’s in 2008.

    But we have so many holes don’t we?

     
 
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