Hall of Fame, World Series and more

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Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

The Phillies withstood a late rally to win game five and push the World Series to a game six in New York. Philadelphia’s chances of winning two in a row in New York are not good, but they’ll need a similar performance from Pedro Martinez in game six that they got in game two if they want to force a game seven. Only then will Manager Charlie Manuel have to decide between bringing UK alum Joe Blanton back on three days rest or starting the struggling Cole Hamels.

 

  • EKU Athletics inducted former Colonel and Legend Josh Anderson into their athletic Hall of Fame. Look for more later.
  • Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer thinks a possible game seven would see a mix-and-match Phillies’ pitching performance, but Blanton’s chances of earning the outright start aren’t good.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 1-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI for Peoria in the AFL. Teammate Yonder Alonso was 2-4 with a RBI.
  • Alan Stein, president an CEO of the Lexington Legends, received a Vision Award from Bluegrass Tomorrow.
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WS Links: Blanton keeps Phillies in, but team still loses

College Baseball, Major League Baseball

 

Blanton

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 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.

Tuesday Links: Heisey hits third homer in AFL

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

Still no word about Joe Blanton’s role for the Phillies in the World Series. I think its safe to say he’ll be in the pen for the first three games, but after that it’s anyone’s guess. Until we find out, here are some Tuesday morning links:

  • Baseball America says Daviess County alum Tyler Blandford had the best fastball in the Seattle Mariners draft class. (subscription required)
  • BA says WKU alum Wade Gaynor has the best power in the Tigers’ draft class. (subscription required)
  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 2-4 with his third home run and teammate Yonder Alonso was 0-3 with two walks and two runs scored in the AFL Monday.
  • The Phillies rotation is still up in the air according to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com repeats that sentiment.
  • However, John Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweeted Monday that the Phillies would use Cliff Lee in games 1,4,7; Pedro Martinez in game 2; Cole Hamels in games 3 and 5; and the game six starter is still in question.

Sunday Links: Blanton may start World Series in pen

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
philliesA rainout in the ALCS Saturday postponed the Phillies learning their World Series opponents identity for at least one more day, but there was still plenty of Kentucky-related World Series chatter. Here are those stories and more for a Sunday afternoon:
  • MLB.com reports Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez and Cole Hamels will likely start the first three games for the Phillies in the World Series while UK alum Joe Blanton and J. A. Happ begin the series in the pen.
  • Jason Stark of ESPN.com reports that the youth of the Phillies’ rotation, including Blanton (28), has some Philadelphia fans and executives thinking they may build a dynasty.
  • The Sporting News also reports Blanton is a candidate for the game four start.
  • Evan Bittner of FanHuddle.com looks at Rockies’ top prospect and EKU alum Christian Friedrich.
  • 2009 Bat Yonder Alonso was 2-4 with two RBI and teammate Chris Hesiey was 0-5 in the AFL Saturday. Louisville closer Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two.