If there's one thing I've learned in three decades of watching baseball, it's this: Some days you just have to give the ball to Joe Blanton and get the hell out of the way.
The numbers: 9 IP, 3 H (all singles), 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB. Perhaps the most impressive number: 88 pitches.
After last night's extra-inning loss in which Charlie Manuel used every reliever except the only good one the Phillies have, this performance from Blanton was enormous. Home runs from Laynce Nix and Shane Victorino didn't hurt either, as the Phillies defeated the Braves 4-0 in the rubber game at Turner Field. Off to Washington.