Buoyed by an ace-like outing from Definite Number One Starter Jerome Williams and a three-run homerun from Stud Infield Prospect Andres Blanco, the Phillies held off the Seattle Mariners, 4-1.
Joking aside, WIlliams' line was a very respectable seven innings, with three scattered hits, three walks and four strikeouts. He was tagged for the M's' lone run, but otherwise controlled the game, getting lucky when he needed to and making his pitches.
After Chris Taylor was hit by a pitch leading off the eighth, the Phillies went to Ken Giles, who allowed a single to Endy Chavez and a double to Dustin Ackley, scoring Taylor, but he also struck out Austin Jackson, Robinson Cano and Kendrys Morales. Which... damn, actually. Giles has pitched 27 and a third innings this year, with 38 strikeouts and a 1.32 ERA. Please someone trade for Papelbon?
Speaking of Papelbon, he followed Giles with a clean ninth for his 29th save of the year. Saves are still important, right? Please someone trade for Papelbon?
As previously mentioned, the Phils' offense was driven largely by Blanco, but Ben Revere had yet another two-hit game, Darin Ruf had a two hit night, with a double. The Phillies as a team managed to draw seven walks, including three by Carlos Ruiz and a pair by Ryan Howard. Speaking of which, the Mariners entered the day with a team ERA of 2.94. So, damn.
Fangraph of Impressive. Most Impressive.
By the way, it's Star Wars night this Friday at Citizens' Bank Park, when the Phils host the Cardinals. In the meantime, tomorrow, the Phils will send A.J. Burnett to the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma, while on Wednesday, the finale of this three game series will feature Cole Hamels against Bill Pullman.