MINNEAPOLIS — Philadelphia’s starting rotation has been stuck in a bit of a tailspin since ace Roy Halladay went down with a shoulder injury late last month.
With studs Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels still hurling, who would have thought Fat Joe Blanton would be the one to step up and deliver a sterling performance? Not Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, that’s for sure.
Blanton pitched his second complete game of the season and Jim Thome homered for the second day in a row to lead the Phillies to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Blanton (6-6) gave up seven hits and struck out seven while going the distance for the eighth time in his career, snapping an ugly string of five straight starts with at least five runs allowed.