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Game 4 Digest: Joe Blanton becomes a star & 4 more W.S. notes

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Here are set of phive phabulous observations from Game 4 of the World Series, which the Philadelphia Phillies won 10-2 to move within one victory of their second championship ever.

1. Joe Blanton will never have to pay for a steak/beer/what have you in greater Philly again: Blanton, a much-less celebrated mid-season acquisition than CC Sabathia (Brewers) or Rich Harden (Cubs), did everything but paint the baselines. Two runs and four hits allowed over six innings, with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts. Cooler, he hit his first major league home run, in the fifth inning against Edwin Jackson. Take a bow.

2. He has the power again! (like He-Man): Ryan Howard busted out like Jimmie Foxx, launching a pair of home runs and driving in five runs. Howard has three homers the past two games after not having any in the first 11 of the postseason.

3. Big sticks are swinging softly and killing the Rays: Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria took O’fers again, and are a combined 0-for-29 with 15 strikeouts so far in the World Series. Nine of Longoria’s 16 at-bats have ended in strike three. Good luck against Cole Hamels in Game 5, fellas.

4. Andy not so dandy: Rays right-hander Andy Sonnanstine wild, wild, wild, which is his kiss of death. Sonnanstine walked three in four innings, including one with the bases loaded in the first — a first in his pro career at any level.

5. The ump might actually be blind: An umpire blew another call, this time Tim Welke not seeing what the rest of America did: that Longoria tagged out Jimmy Rollins in a rundown in the first inning. The call cost the Rays a run, which was only academic, but who knew that at the time?

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