Originally written on Macho Row  |  Last updated 7/17/12
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The Phillies won an ugly game last night, and there is no other way to describe it. Atrocious base-running and poor fielding have doomed the Phillies all season, but somehow they were able to escape the unfortunate outcome Monday night in Los Angeles, beating the Dodgers 3-2. First, the positives. Joe Blanton gave the Phillies eight innings and rarely gave up a big hit. The Dodgers scored on a wild pitch that slipped through the five hole of Carlos Ruiz and the only other run allowed probably came as a result of one of the missed defensive plays by the Phillies. But any time Blanton can give the Phillies eight innings of work and hand the game over to Jonathan Papelbon, that is a strong positive. He also snapped his streak of games with a home run allowed, which was ghastly. Second, Ryan Howard hit his first home-run of the season, which gave the Phillies a 3-0 lead and proved to be the winning run. He is still not moving as nicely as you would like to see and his struggles at the...
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