Citizens Bank Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Joe Blanton | Box
Excellent game in Philly last night. Joe Blanton allowed just one hit in seven innings and Paul Maholm matched him with seven scoreless innings, as well. Maholm whiffed ten and walked three while giving up four singles and a double.
In over time, Steve Pearce drove in the Pirates first run of the game with a one hopper down the third base line. He later scored the second and final run of the game on a single from Freddy Sanchez.
After Maholm left, the bullpen allowed just one hit in five innings, but they did walk six hitters. T.J. Beam continues to move up the all-time win list among pitchers named “T.J.”. He trails T.J. Mathews and T.J. Tucker. He pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to Craig Hansen for the bottom of the 12th. Hansen got his first save as a Bucco. But, he made it interesting. With one out, the Phillies had two runners on courtesy of free passes. Chase Utley lined a pitch into left center field. Brandon Moss raced over to make a diving catch. Shane Victorino strayed to far off of first and was doubled up for the final out of the game.
The Pirates are 53-62 this year. They were 49-66 after 115 games last year.
Joe Blanton, newly acquired innings eater, goes tonight for the cross-town rivals. This will be Blanton’s third start for the Phils. The club has won each of his three NL starts despite his ERA being near 4.80 in the Senior Circuit. His last start, against St. Louis, was exception. He went seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits to get the win.
Blanton has never faced the Pirates. Jason Michaels has five of the Pirates seven hits off of Blanton and 14 of the 23 at bats.
Paul Maholm went eight innings in his last start. That was the fifth time he’d been that far in 2008. He gave up just one run to push his record to 7-6. His only start in 2008 against Philadelphia was a complete game two hitter back on April 27th.
Maholm’s career mark against the Phillies is 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in four starts. So Taguchi, who hit the ball hard twice on April 27th off Maholm, is 7-16 in his career with three doubles. Pat Burrell and Jayson Werth each have a homer off of Maholm.