Game 70 - Thursday Afternoon, June 24th in Philadelphia
It was 102 degrees according to the little outside temperature gauge in my car this afternoon. In meteorological terms, that means it was hotter than Jabba the Hutt's armpit. The Phillies and Indians went ahead with their matinee game anyway, and the Phils came away with a win and the series sweep. Big sweaty Joe Blanton pitched into the 8th, before a monsoon swept into the area and delayed the game for 97 minutes. He allowed 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 8, getting through the first 7 innings with just 80 pitches.
The offense came to life again, putting up 5-spots in both the 2nd and 6th innings and banging out 15 hits. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth combined to go 10 for 12 with 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs. 4th string catcher Dane Sardinha made his Phillies debut and collected his first Major League home run. Manager Charlie Manuel enjoyed the game from the comfort of the clubhouse, as he was ejected from the game for the second time this series.