In a game attended by what appeared to be a few hundred Phillies fans and maybe a few hundred people who wandered in off the streets, the Phils handily defeated the Marlins this afternoon, 9-3. Joe Blanton threw a superb game, pitching seven innings and striking out nine while allowing just two hits and two walks. He won his 11th game of the year.
Before the 5-run 8th inning put this game out of reach, the big offensive blow was a clutch 2-run single from Jayson Werth in the 5th inning. Ryan Howard enjoyed a 2-for-5 afternoon with 3 RBI and the rarely seen Miguel Cairo added two hits and his first RBI of the year in a spot start at third. The win dropped the magic number down to 5.
Remember This?: The last double header the Phillies played in Miami was on September 27, 1998, to close out the season. The Phils lost game 1 to the Marlins, despite Kevin Sefcik's 3-for-5 at the plate with 4 RBI. The Phils won game 2 behind starting pitcher Carlton Loewer.