After a shaky start to the season, Phillies pitcher Vance Worley was trying to locate his inner animal last night against the Padres. In 7 innings of shut-out ball, the Vanimal has indeed returned.
The 11 strikeouts Worley recorded were a career high and left many Padres shaking their heads. Worley did walk 3 batters, but only allowed 4 hits, fewer than Cliff Lee allowed the night before. If Worley can maintain this pace, it will be a huge boost for the team going forward.
And they could use a boost because the Phillies batters have still not found their inner animal. Right now they are playing at the level of a timid lamb instead of a proud lion, like Worley. This zoo needs a serious upgrade.
After getting only 4 hits against the Giants in the previous game, against the Padres, the Phils posted only 6 hits. It looked like they may get going when they scored a run in the first on a Jimmy Rollins sac fly. But then with a man on third and only one out, the Phillies could not add on.
They scored only 2 total bookend runs, one in the 1st and one in the 9th on a wild pitch. Thanks to the pitching from Worley, Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon, 2 runs wound up being enough for the win.
Game 2 with the Padres starts at 10pm tonight…TGIF!
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