Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Howard slams Lohse, Blanton dominant in 6-1 win

The Phillies started the road-trip off with a slam last night, as Ryan Howard hit his second grand slam of the season and Joe Blanton pitched great as the Phils defeated Kyle Lohse and the Cardinals, 6-1. Howard's grand slam was the seventh of his career, tying Mike Schmidt for the all-time team lead in that category. Jayson Werth also jacked his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth.

Blanton gave the team six very solid innings, allowing just four hits and two walks. The entire pitching staff held the red hot Albert Pujols hit-less for the game. Lohse had a great start to the game, but appeared to unravel a bit after getting beaned on his non-pitching elbow in the third. After being hit, Lohse threw his bat in a rage, and glared back at Blanton on the mound before walking to first. For some reason, he thought Blanton would be throwing at the pitcher, in a two strike count. He continued to steam at first base, even attempting to steal second base. He came all the way around to score the loan Cards' run on a Joe Thurston double.

His anger may have carried over to the mound, or maybe the Phillies just flipped a switch and started hitting. Regardless, the following inning, Werth hit his blast and Howard's grand slam the following inning dealt Lohse his first loss of the season.

Brett Myers looks for a strong outing against Adam Wainwright tonight, before the team heads to New York for a showdown at Citi Field.

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