Pre-Game Preview

Joe Blanton is in search for his first win off the season. The Phillies, 9-8 play against the Washington Nationals, 4-13. The Phillies look to move two games ahead of .500.

Blanton, 0-2, has struggled this season with a 7.31 ERA. He pitched against the Nationals and allowed 3 earned runs, including Adam Dunn's home run off him.

Blanton will be faced by Sharion Martis, a rookie who is 2-0 with a 4.11 ERA. Martis faced the Phillies earlier this season and got the win in his 6.1 innings of work. Raul Ibanez, Lou Marson, and Chase Utley are the only Phillies who have hits off him.

Call of the day: In 1983, Joe Morgan ties the game with a homer.
"The 1-0 pitch... LONG DRIVE! Deep right! Ballgame tied!
Outta Here! Home run Joe Morgan! We are tied at 5."


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