UK alum Joe Blanton pitched well enough against New York Yankees ace C. C. Sabathia to keep the Phillies in the game, but his performance wasn’t enough as the Yankees overcame a late Phillies rally to win 7-4 and take a 3-1 World Series lead. Unless Phillies manager Charlie Manuel brings Blanton back on three days rest over a struggling Cole Hamels in a possible game seven, he’s probably made his last appearance in the Series.
- David Gurian-Peck of MLB.com writes that Blanton’s “real good job” went for naught.
- Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer agrees that “Country Joe and the Flesh” pitched well enough for the Phillies to win, and the series isn’t over yet, but it’s close.
- And this, possibly the best description of Blanton you’ll read, from Billy Lyon of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
- Blanton is a beefy bulldog, solid if not spectacular, generally reliable. In another time, he would wear red suspenders and a bowler hat and draw you a beer at the corner watering hole and come to your defense if a brawl broke out. He is a 6-3 pitcher – six innings and three runs, cranking them out like a mimeo machine.”
- John Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com writes that Blanton’s performance was almost exactly what the Phillies expected.
- The Associated Press reports that both teams received warnings after Blanton hit Alex Rodriguez in the first inning.
- UK Athletics has a news release on Blanton’s start.