Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 7/28/12
Yep. You read that right. This game is one of two pontential games that can and will decide if the Phillies will continue to play for a playoff spot - or - if they will sell house by Tuesday. Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday that "'If we get swept here it will be daunting. The team needs two out of three or better,". Well Ruben, you're right. The Phillies have two more games to show that they can still compete for a playoff spot. But last night wasn't a good effort at all. Tonight Joe Blanton (8-8, 4.70 ERA) is on the hill against lefty Mike Minor (5-7, 5.49 ERA). In Blanton's last start, on Sunday against the Giants, he walked off the field with eight innings of three-run ball under his belt. He would get the no-decision as the Phillies would walkoff in the later innings, but Blanton did his job as he allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six. Blanton has allowed a whopping 22 home runs this season, the fourth most in baseball. Blanton has gone eight innings deep into his last
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