Final: Pirates 3, Phillies 8.
WP: Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87 ERA
LP: Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35 ERA)
With the imminent return of Chase Utley on the horizon, the Phillies' offense intensified. They batted out a total of 12 hits tonight, 11 off of opposing Pirates' starter Jeff Karstens.
Vance Worley will take the mound Tuesday evening, looking to return to (.500) for the season for himself and one step closer for his team.
Attendance: 44,721 (242nd consecutive regular-season sellout).Notes:
- Utley Watch: Chase is likely to play Tuesday at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being activated for Wednesday’s game against A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Former Phillie and current free agent, OF Marlon Byrd, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
- Rod Barajas left tonight's game due to a bone bruise in his left knee.
- Jimmy Rollins has 7 homers and 19 RBIs since coming off paternity leave on May 24.
- Rollins has homered in four of five games, the first occurence of his career.
- According to Matt Gelb (@magelb), Joe Blanton has the best SO/BB ratio in the National League at 6.31 (82 K/13 BB).
Starting Pitching Summary:
- Joe Blanton: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR, 4.87 ERA
- Jeff Karstens: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 6.35 ERA
In the 'Pen:
- Doug Slaten (6th, 7th): 2.0 IP 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 2.77 ERA
- Jake Diekman (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.86 ERA
- Jared Hughes (8th): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 2.17 ERA
- Chad Qualls (9th): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 3.86 ERA
- Bottom of the 1st (Pirates 0, Phillies 1): Hunter Pence singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Jose Tabata. Jimmy Rollins scores.
- Bottom of the 1st (Pirates 0, Phillies 2): Carlos Ruiz singles on a line drive to right fielder Jose Tabata. Hunter Pence scores.
- Bottom of the 1st (Pirates 0, Phillies 3): Shane Victorino singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Carlos Ruiz scores.
- Bottom of the 1st (Pirates 0, Phillies 4): Placido Polanco singles on a line drive to right fieldere Jose Tabata. Shane Victorino scores.
- Top of the 3rd (Pirates 1, Phillies 4): Jose Tabata homers (3) on a fly ball to right center field.
- Bottom of the 4rd (Pirates 1, Phillies 5): Placido Polanco singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Carlos Ruiz scores.
- Top of the 4th (Pirates 2, Phillies 5): Clint Barmes singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Neil Walker scores.
- Bottom of the 4th (Pirates 2, Phillies 7): Jimmy Rollins homers (8) on a fly ball to right field. Mike Fontenot scores.
- Top of the 5th (Pirates 3, Phillies 7): Andrew McCutchen singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Shane Victorino. Jose Tabata scores.
- Bottom of the 7th (Pirates 3, Phillies 8): Ty Wigginton walks. Carlos Ruiz scores.
- Tuesday, June 26, 2012; 7:05 pm EST
- Philadelphia Phillies (35-40) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (38-34)
- Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13 ERA)
- TV: CSN
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.
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