With two days off before this series began due to Hurricane Irene, the Phillies did not skip a beat in their total dominance over the Reds this week. This win made it only the third time in franchise history that the Phillies have been 41 games over .500. They did it twice in 1976.
Rookie pitcher Vance Worley is also knocking on the record books. With a 10-1 record, the Phillies have won each of his last 13 starts. That is the best streak since Steve Carlton pitched the Phillies to 15 consecutive wins in 1972.
In this game against the Reds, Worley was great through six innings, allowing just one run. He ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a 3-run homer. At that point, Worley was done. But he walked away with the lead and even an RBI on a single in the 2nd inning.
The offense had already spotted Worley six runs by the time the bullpen took over. Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for his 104th RBI of the year. Filling in for Placido Polanco, Michael Martinez blasted a 2-run shot to right, which was his 3rd homer of the year. Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez had two hits in the game as well.
So September started with a bang for the Phillies. They currently hold an 8-game lead in the division and will play 3 games in Miami next. Game 1 against the Marlins is Friday night at 7:10pm with Roy Oswalt pitching.
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