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Phillies Vs. Braves Final: Atlanta Loses 4-0

The Atlanta Braves could do nothing against Joe Blanton on Thursday, as one of the least heralded members of the Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff threw an absolute gem of a game.

Joe Blanton allowed only three base-runners in a complete game shutout with 6 K's and 0 BB's. Perhaps most impressively, he did this all in only 88 pitches, briskly mowing through the Atlanta order three times.

His dominant performance overshadowed a fine day from Braves starter Ramon Delgado, who went 8 innings while giving up only 6 hits and 2 earned runs.

The stars of the day for the Phillies were Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, who knocked in 3 of the team's 4 runs on Thursday.

It was all frustration on the Atlanta side, as Michael Bourne, Freddie Freeman and David Ross were the only players to reach base.

For rmore reaction to the Braves loss, head over to Talking Chop.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.