WS Links: Blanton keeps Phillies in, but team still loses

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Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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 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 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.

Blanton gets no-decision

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UPDATE 11:19 p.m.: Pedro Feliz just tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against Joba Chamberlin. The home run ensures that UK alum Joe Blanton will get a no-decision in the game.

Joe Blanton has left the World Series game with the Phillies trailing 4-3. Blanton surrendered four runs in six innings and struck out seven while walking two. Chase Utley has hit a home run since Blanton left the game, but the Phillies still trail 4-3. The best Blanton can hope for in the game is a no-decision, and Philadelphia will face a tough climb if they lose tonight.