Brad Lidge got his 27th save tonight as the Phillies snuck away with a 2-1 win over the Cardinals. I was happy at first to see we were facing Braden Looper as his name provides me with endless entertainment and ways to annoy my friends… “Oh look, it’s a looper into right field off of Looper! ” …”Hey, a blooper from Looper’s fast ball off the end of the bat for a single…” You get the idea. But sadly, the Phillies rained on my silliness parade tonight. Party poopers L Looper gave up only 3 hits and 2 of those were home runs by Greg Dobbs and Ryan Howard…hardly loopers or bloopers J Well, at least those 2 runs were enough to win the game.
Joe Blanton finally got a full start for the Phillies, being rained out after only 2 innings in his last start, and he put forth a quality effort. Blanton went 7 innings and gave up only 1 earned run (a solo home run) on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. And sorry, I have no fun rhymes to go with his name. But I am open to suggestions J Anyway, his demeanor was much better than the last 2 times we saw him as he looked calm and collected. I am guessing the new team jitters have finally gone. Good news for Phillies fans. Let’s hope to see more starts like this one from Mr. Blanton.
One more game to go with the Cards. Perhaps the bats will wake tomorrow? I think they have rested long enough now…2 games off is sufficient; it is now time to play and win this series! Go Phillies!