Former UK standout pitcher will get the ball Monday night for the Philadelphia Phillies in game four of the National League Championship Series, which is set for 8:07 p.m. EDT at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia on TBS.
Blanton, a UK letterwinner from 2000-02, is no stranger to the big stage. Last year in the playoffs, Blanton posted a 2-0 record and a 3.18 ERA in 17 innings, including 18 strikeouts.
"I feel like in the postseason every game is big," Blanton said. "If it's 2-1, you can keep it from coming back even, or if you're down 1-2, it's a big game to keep them more making the big step. So either way, it's a really big game."
But it was Blanton's bat that provided the heroics during last year's World Series, as he became the first pitcher since 1974 to hit a homer in the World Series. Blanton belted a 2-1 pitch from pitcher Edwin Jackson over the left-field fence for his first homer as a professional and first since his high school days in the Bluegrass.
In case you don't remember, this should refresh your memory: