After a nearly 2 hour rain delay today, the Phillies finally beat Atlanta by a score of 12-10 in a battle that included 7 home runs; 5 from the Phillies and 2 from the Braves. Joe Blanton only pitched 2 innings before the skies opened up. He allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk and saw his ERA jump to 5.13. After the rain delay, both the Phils and Braves began to pour on the runs.
Adam Eaton gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in his 2 innings of work during his second appearance as a reliever. Lucky for him, the offense came right back with a huge 5 run inning in the bottom of the forth led by home runs from Chris Coste and Shane Victorino. As the battle of the bullpens continued, the Phillies continued to dominate. Pat Burrell
sent his 26th of the year out of the park in the 5th and Jayson Werth followed suit in the 6th. The hit parade continued into the 7th when Jimmy Rollins joined the party with a solo blast.
This game looked like a laugher by the 8th inning, but Rudy Seanez struggled, giving up a run and committing a fielding error; he was replaced by Ryan Madson who did not fare much better. By the time Madson was through, 4 more runs would score and the Phillies now only led by 2 runs instead of 7. But as usual, Brad Lidge came in and knocked them down for his 24th consecutive save. Actually, I had forgotten to mention it, but Lidge had passed the old Phillies record yesterday for number of consecutive saves; it was 22, held by Billy Wagner. Well, now it is 24 by Lidge. Somewhere, Wagner is complaining and no one is listening… Well, that is a daily event for him anyway J
Off day tomorrow for the Phillies Phestival to benefit ALS. See you there if you are going! Next up…The Nats in DC; 7/29 7:10pm; Brett Myers scheduled to start. Let’s see if we can dig them a bigger hole into last place…Go Phillies!