Another Deep Outing for Blanton Is Key

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Philadelphia Phillies (50-38) will face the Florida Marlins (46-46) jn game three of the four game series.

Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44 ERA) starts vs. Josh Johnson (8-2, 2.74 ERA).

Joe Blanton's ERA keeps lowering. In his last nine starts, Blanton is 4-1 with a 2.44 earned run average. Blanton is coming off back-to-back great outings after out-dueling Johan Santana and dominating the Pirates. It was the first time Blanton pitched seven innings in consecutive starts since April of 2008. In his last start against the Marlins, Blanton pitched seven shutout innings while striking out eleven. The Phillies could use another seven inning performance from Blanton after every bullpen pitcher was used in last night's 12 inning marathon.

Josh Johnson's Tommy John surgery last season hasn't slowed him down. Out of the 19 games he has started, 16 have been quality starts. The Marlins have the perfect guy on the mound to try to end their two game skid. Joshnson is 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA in his career against the Phillies.

Call of the Day: Despite trailing 9-3 at one point, the Phillies first lead of the 2009 season on the day they received their rings.

"There's a line drive, base hit! Into right field! Everybody
moves up one, and it is now a one run game!"

"Tapper. They're gonna get one out on this play, and the go-ahead run
is going to score in the presence of Jimmy Rollins. Phils take an 11-10
lead off the bat of Ryan Howard."


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