"Everything is proceeding exactly as I have foreseen." Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Blanton went seven very strong innings, and the bullpen held the line despite some late threats, as the Phillies claimed the series from the Miami Marlins, winning by a score of 3-1 to even the season record at 3-3. Do-over! Do-over!
Blanton allowed just three hits and one run in his seven innings, striking out three and throwing just 85 pitches.
The Phillies got on the board in the fourth after a solo home run off Marlins' starter Mark Buehrle from Shane Victorino: Lefty Slayer, and would add on after an RBI single from John Mayberry. The Marlins would get a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI "single" from John Buck, dropped by a diving Hunter Pence, driving in the suddenly sluggeriffic Omar Infante, on second base after a double.
Ty Wigginton would stroke his first home run as a Phillie to lead off the seventh to extend the score to 3-1.
Chad Qualls pitched the eighth and got himself in to and out of a wicked jam, giving up a two out single to Emilio Bonifacio and walking Hanley Ramirez to bring up the utterly terrifying Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton would work the count full, and would finally strike out looking on a high fastball.
Jonathan Papelbon got into some trouble of his own, finding his way out of a first-and-second, one out bind after inducing a 6-4-3 double play ground ball, for his second save and first at Citizens Bank Park.