Phillies Complete Sweep Of Indians With 12-3 Win

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Crazy Weather During Game

What looked like nothing less than a hurricane tore through Citizen's Bank Park in the 8th inning yesterday. Great video from youtube user karn44

Don't think I've ever seen anything like that at the ballpark


Recap: Philadelphia vs. Cleveland

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Joe Blanton tossed 7 2/3 sturdy innings and Philadelphia took advantage of some early shoddy defensive play by Cleveland and pounded out 15 hits to cruise to a 12-3 win.

Placido Polanco went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs knocked in, while Chase Utley and Jayson Werth each had three hits for the Phils, who swept a series at home for the first time this season.

Blanton (3-5) yielded three runs on six hits before rain halted play in his longest outing of the year, as Philadelphia improved its interleague record to 8-7. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter and was followed to the hill after an hour and 37 minute delay by Nelson Figueroa, who retired all four batters he faced to end the game.

“As a whole in the clubhouse, we like the way we’re playing right now,” Blanton said. “For the past couple of games, the bats look alive, the fielder’s are doing an outstanding job, we’ve had some pretty decent pitching, the bullpen’s been phenomenal.”

Fausto Carmona (6-6) took the loss after yielding seven runs – five earned — on nine hits over four-plus innings for the Tribe, who have lost five in a row.

The Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning on three straight singles for Dane Sardinha, playing in his first big league game since June 16 of last season. The veteran receiver hit a ground ball to third baseman Andy Marte, who threw home only to have catcher Carlos Santana drop the ball, allowing Werth and Raul Ibanez to score.

Blanton was hit by a pitch to reload the bases before Shane Victorino’s run- scoring groundout chased home Wilson Valdez to make it 3-0. Victorino was ruled to have run outside the baseline in an attempt to avoid the tag from Carmona, prompting manager Charlie Manuel to argue the call and eventually get thrown out of the game.

Polanco followed with a base hit to center field that brought home Sardinha and Utley’s fly ball brought home Blanton to cap off the five-run rally.

The Indians got on the board in the fifth on a two-run home run by former Phillies farmhand Jason Donald.

Polanco led off the bottom of the inning with a single, advanced to third base on an Utley single and scored on a high throw to the plate by first baseman Russell Branyan on a Ryan Howard bouncer. Werth followed with an RBI single to left field to make it 7-2 and chase Carmona from the game.

Sardinha blasted his first big league home run off Hector Ambriz leading off the sixth. Victorino singled with one out and scored on a Polanco double that pushed the lead to 9-2. Werth delivered a sacrifice fly later in the inning before Valdez greeted Jensen Lewis with a two-out, two-run single to right-center field to finish the scoring for the home side, which last tallied 12 times in a game May 17 against Pittsburgh.

“Today they just blew us out,” said Indians’ skipper Manny Acta. “They hit us around and showed why they have been to the World Series in back-to-back years.”

Trevor Crowe doubled home Donald in the eighth before the rains came with two outs and took the teams off the field.

The Phillies last home series sweep was September 15-17 of last season over Washington…The Phillies last interleague series sweep came June 11-13, 2007 over the Chicago White Sox…Polanco had his third four-hit game of the season, while Werth had his sixth three-hit game and Utley his fourth…Blanton is 9-7 in 21 interleague starts and improved to 3-5 in his career against the Tribe…Howard was 0-for-3 and lost a seven-game hit streak…The Indians have hit a home run in 14 of their last 17 games…Cleveland has lost 10 of its’ last 12 games in National League parks…Hall of Famer Moses Malone, who led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1982-83 NBA title, threw out the first pitch prior to the game.


Moses Malone Throws Out First Pitch

The NBA Draft is set to happen tonight and the Sixers hold the 2nd overall pick. Will we see the next great Sixer? Hard to say, but if you were at the Phillies business persons special today, you a Sixer great of the past as Moses Malone threw out the first pitch.


Phillies Lineup Very Hawaiian Today

Thanks to Carlos Ruiz’s trip to the DL and the fact that Brian Schneider played last night and is old, the Phillies will start catcher Dane Sardinha behind the plate today as they go for a sweep against the Indians. As The 700 Level points out, this makes the Phils lineup maybe more Hawaiian than ever.

Sardinha will be making his Phillies debut this afternoon but has played a handful of MLB games in the past with Detroit and Cincinnati. Dane was born in Honolulu, making the Phillies lineup this afternoon 22% Hawaiian.

Shane and Dane. If Vic is the “Flyin Hawaiian” then Dane could be the “Squatting Hawaiian?” Meh, he probably won’t be around long enough for it to matter anyway.


Preview: Blanton Takes The Hill As Phillies Look For Sweep Of Indians

(Sports Network) - Jimmy Rollins made the most of his first hit since coming off the disabled list by lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a dramatic win in last night's middle portion of a three-game series versus the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park.

Rollins and the two-time defending National League champion Phillies will make a quick turnaround with Thursday afternoon's series finale. The All-Star shortstop, who had been laid up with a calf injury, went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 2-1 win before going 1-for-5 in last night's 7-6 verdict. The one hit, however, was a two-run game-winning homer off of Indians closer Kerry Wood in the bottom of the ninth.

"We did a lot of things right, we did a couple things wrong, but at the end of the day we found a way to win," Rollins said after his big hit. "That's been our specialty, and we have to believe that no matter what happens, until that 27th out is made, we have a chance."

Brian Schneider and Jayson Werth both homered while Raul Ibanez knocked in a pair of runs for Philadelphia, which has won five of seven games and pulled within 3 1/2 games of Atlanta for the top spot in the National League East standings. Werth ended with three hits and two runs scored and is hitting .333 with three homers and eight RBI in the previous nine contests.

J.C. Romero picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning and starter Kyle Kendrick avoided the loss column after giving up five runs -- four earned -- and six hits in four innings.

After today's game the Phillies will hit the road for seven games against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Phils starter Joe Blanton hasn't put together consecutive wins this season and will try to do so when he takes the ball Thursday afternoon. Blanton posted his second win of the season his last time out on Friday versus Minnesota, holding the Twins to three runs and seven hits in six innings of a 9-5 win.

Blanton, who is 2-5 in nine starts, was 0-3 with a with an 8.56 earned run average in his previous five outings before beating the Twins.

The portly right-hander hopes to even his 1-2 home record today and will make his ninth career start against Cleveland. Blanton is 2-5 with a 4.30 earned run average in eight career meetings with the Indians.

Cleveland hopes to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak today and has lost eight of nine games since a four-game winning streak. Shin-Soo Choo clubbed a pair of two-run homers, while young prospect Carlos Santana drove in a two runs in defeat.

Wood was saddled with the loss for surrendering Rollins' homer and starter Jake Westbrook recorded the no-decision for yielding four runs and seven hits in five innings of work.

"We didn't execute the way we wanted, especially offensively," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "We still got to the ninth inning with the lead and the bottom of the order up, which is the ideal situation. The leadoff walk really killed us there."

Acta will hand the ball to Fausto Carmona in Thursday's finale, and he will shoot for his third straight winning start. After losing four straight outings from May 22-June 7, Carmona got back into the win column with a one-hitter versus Washington on June 12. He then helped Cleveland to a win at Pittsburgh last Friday, when he recorded six innings of three-run ball and struck out seven batters for the second straight time.

Carmona, a right-hander, is 6-5 with a 3.31 earned run average in 14 trips to the mound this season and 4-2 in seven away starts. He has never faced the Phillies in his career.

The Indians took two of three from the Phillies when the clubs last met in Cleveland in 2007 and are visiting Philadelphia for the first time in the regular season.

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