Joe Blanton pitched like an ace last night, surrendering only 2 runs over 7 innings while continuing to drop his ERA with every outing. His ERA on May 21st was 7.11, and with each subsequent start thereafter (except a minor blip on June 18th) he's consistently lowered it, to the point where it's a very respectable 4.02. However, last night he was out aced by 2008 NL Cy Young and currently vying for the 2009 title as well, Tim Lincecum, who didn't allow a run over 8 frames. Giants win 2-0. Great performance by both hurlers.
A quick gaze over at our state buddies in Western PA, the Pirates, and you may hardly notice them. Since the beginning of the season they've traded away Adam LaRoche, Nat McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, John Grabow, Tom Gorzelanny, Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez. New faces include Ronny Cedeno, Delwyn Young, Lastings Milledge, Garrett Jones, and the rookie that went deep 3 times last night Andrew McCutchen. Oh, Pittsburgh!
*Matt Stairs had only 1 hit in the month of July, and is 1 for his last 20 at bats. (T-Shirt courtesy of The Fightins & Birdland)
*Laidback lefties square off today with Cole Hamels versus Barry Zito. Phils need to take this game and split the series.
*Phillies (59-43) have a 6 game lead in the NL East over the Marlins, and the 2nd best record and run differential (+76) in the NL (trailing the Dodgers).