This 4-game series in St. Louis looks like it is going to be a real adventure, especially after last night’s wild 10-9 Phillies victory over the Cardinals. There was a lot of action in this one.
The Phillies got off to a hot start, scoring 6 runs in the first two innings, something they have been unable to do most of the year so far. But the 6-0 lead was on shaky ground fast as pitcher Joe Blanton self-destructed for his second start in a row.
Blanton allowed hit after hit until the game was tied, 7-7 by the 5th inning. Once again, manager Charlie Manuel left Blanton in too long and waited until he allowed the final 3 of those 7 runs that inning to pull him. In his last 2 starts, Blanton has allowed 19 hits and 13 runs. Ouch. I guess it was too much to hope his hot streak would last very long :O(
The game ping-ponged back and forth after that, with the Phillies offense continuing to battle back. Carlos Ruiz is still on fire and had 3 hits in the game. Four players, including Ruiz, h...