A day after hammering the Mets 10-0 in the series opener, the Phils were right back at it last night. They scored nine runs in the first five innings, jumping out to a 9-0 lead in support of Worley. Stutes floundered a bit in the late innings, allowing three runs over two innings, but the Phils held on for a 9-4 win.
Mayberry continues to pound the ball for the Phils. Starting at first for a sidelined Howard, Mayberry went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer early in the game. He has hit seven home runs in his last 47 plate appearances.
Vance Worley is pretty impressive hisownself. Worley threw seven strong innings, striking out nine and holding the Mets to a single run. The Phillies are 14-2 in the games he’s started this season.
The Phillies are 83-44 on the year after beating the New York Mets 9-4 last night. They are 39 games above .500 for the first time this year.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out a career high nine and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.65.
He allowed back-to-back singles to Angel Pagan and Ruben Tejada to start the game, putting men on first and third with nobody out for David Wright. Wright hit a ball to third with Polanco fielding and throwing home where Pagan was tagged out for the first out. With men on first and second, Worley struck Lucas Duda out looking 2-2 for the second out. Jason Bay was next and walked on five pitches to load the bases, but Worley got Nick Evans looking to leave the runners stranded.
Two big strikeouts for Worley helps keep New York off the board after the first two batters reach base.
Josh Thole started the second with a single to left and moved to third when Justin Turner followed with a double. Again Worley came up with strikeouts to work out of the jam. He struck pitcher Jon Niese out looking on three pitches. Pagan struck out looking 1-2 for the second out. Tejada struck out looking 3-2 to set New York down with two more runners stranded.
Five strikeouts for Worley through two innings. All five of them looking.
He struck Bay out swinging in a 1-2-3 third.
Up 4-0, he set New York down in order in the fourth.
Up 5-0, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth, striking Niese out looking for the first out.
He had a 9-0 lead when the threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Evans doubled to center to start the seventh and moved to third when Thole grounded to second for the first out. Turner was next and hit a ball slowly to second where Martinez made a nice play, fielding and making a glove-hand flip to first to get the second out as Evans scored to make it 9-1. Righty Scott Hairston hit for the pitcher Pedro Beato and Worley struck him out swinging for the third out.
Stutes started the eighth. He got the first two before Willie Harris singled to right. Duda was next and he hit a 2-1 pitch way out to right, cutting the lead to 9-3. Mike Baxter popped to short for the third out.
Stutes was back for the ninth. Evans led off and tripled to center. Thole was next and hit a ground ball to third. Polanco fielded and threw to first for the first out. Evans scored to make it 9-4. Turner followed that with a double to right, but Stutes got Jason Pridie, pinch-hitting for pitcher Bobby Parnell, on a fly ball to center that moved Turner to third for the second out and Pagan on a fly ball to left to end the game.
Not a good day for Stutes, who allowed three runs on four hits over two innings. Three of the hits went for extra-bases. Over his last 14 appearances he’s thrown to a 5.79 ERA and opponents have hit five home runs against him in 18 2/3 innings.
He threw 32 pitches in the game, which seems like a lot for a guy who enters with a 9-1 lead.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Jon Niese went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Utley (4) Pence (5) Mayberry (6) Francisco (7) Valdez (8) Schneider. Ibanez on the bench with a groin problem, Francisco in left. Howard on the bench with bursitis in his left foot, Mayberry at first. Valdez at short with Rollins on the DL. Victorino leads off with Rollins out of the lineup with Polanco moved up to second. Pence moves up to fourth with Howard out of the lineup. Four righties for the Phils 4-5-6-7. Schneider catches with Ruiz on the bench. The Phils have a day game today, but against a righty so they could have started Schneider today and Ruiz last night against the left-handed starter. After last night’s game, Schneider is 1-for-20 with an 050/174/050 line on the year against lefties. Not clear to why Manuel would do it the way he did unless Ruiz is banged up or he thought he needed Schneider’s left-handed bat in the lineup with lefties Howard and Ibanez sidelined. If he did it to get Schneider’s left-handed bat in the lineup I’m not sure it was a great idea.
Polanco and Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the first.
Francisco singled to left with two outs in the second and moved to third when Valdez followed with a double. Schneider struck out swinging 2-2 to leave both runners stranded.
Worley struck out looking to start the third, but Victorino was next and homered down the left field line to put the Phils up 1-0. Polanco followed that with a single to center and Utley was hit by a pitch, putting men on first and second for Pence. Pence struck out swinging 2-2 for the second out. Mayberry was next, though, and blasted a 1-1 pitch out to left for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 4-0. Francisco followed with a single to left, but Valdez struck out swinging to leave him at first.
Second huge home run for Mayberry in two days. He’s hitting 359/405/872 in August with six home runs in 39 at-bats. Big strikeout for Pence ahead of Mayberry. It was Pence’s tenth start of the year hitting in the cleanup spot and the results haven’t been good. Between the Phils and the Astros he’s hitting 200/263/257 for the year out of the four-hole in 38 plate appearances. 226/273/333 for his career in 99 plate appearances as a four-hitter. So maybe we’ve finally found something he can’t do?
Worley singled with one out in the fourth and moved to second when Victorino followed with a ground out to first. Polanco was next and he singled to left, scoring Worley to put the Phils up 5-0 with Polanco taking second on the throw home. Utley grounded to second for the third out.
Worley delivers a one-out hit and the Phils get a run out of it thanks to the two-out single by Polanco.
Pence and Mayberry singled back-to-back to start the fifth, putting men on first and second. Francisco walked and the bases were loaded. Righty Pedro Beato took over for Niese to pitch to Valdez. Valdez flew to right, deep enough for Pence to score (6-0) and Mayberry to move up to third. With men on first and third and one down, Schneider chopped a ball to first. Evans fielded and threw home, where a sliding Mayberry was tagged out for the second out. With men on first and second, Worley singled into center. Francisco scored to make it 7-0 with Schneider moving up to second. Victorino was next and lined a ball to center that Pagan misplayed and then hopped at as it went over his head. Victorino had a triple that cleared the bases with Francisco and Schneider scoring to make it 9-0. Polanco flew to right for the third out.
Second triple in two days gives Victorino a career-high 14 for the year. Jose Reyes is the only player in either league with more — Reyes has 16.
Utley led off the bottom of the sixth and was hit by a pitch. Martinez ran for him at first. Pence grounded into a double-play and Mayberry grounded to second to turn the Phils away.
Francisco doubled softly to right to start the seventh and moved to third on a hard-hit ground out by Valdez. Lefty Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to Schneider and struck him out swinging 0-2 for the second out. Pete Orr, just activated when Hamels went on the DL, hit for Worley and struck out swinging 1-2 to end the inning.
Again Schneider with the lefty as he can’t bring the runner home from third with one out. Orr has gotten three at-bats with the Phils since May 19. 271/331/406 at Triple-A this year in 251 at-bats.
The Phils went in order in the eighth.
Victorino was 2-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBI. He’s hitting 364/446/643 in 149 plate appearances since the start of July. He missed a little more than two weeks in July.
Polanco 2-for-5 with an RBI. He’s hitting 231/288/271 in 279 plate appearances since the end of April.
Utley 0-for-2 and hit by two pitches. He’s 2-for-his-last-18.
Pence 1-for-4 with a single and three men left on base. The Phillies are 17-5 since he joined the team.
Mayberry 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. 10-for-his-last-22 with three home runs and a 1.475 OPS.
Francisco 3-for-3 with a walk and a double. He had three hits since July 3 coming into the game. His numbers against lefties are still bad for the year. His numbers against rigthies are bad, too, but the numbers against lefties are more surprising. He’s hit 216/320/318 in 103 plate appearances against lefties for the season.
Valdez 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He’s played seven days in a row now, starting six days, and gone 6-for-23 with three walks and four extra-base hits. 261/333/478 over those 27 plate appearances.
Schneider 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and five men left on base. Again, putting him the lineup last night cause Ruiz needs to sit makes sense to me, but putting him in the lineup against the lefty cause he’s left-handed and Ibanez and Howard are on the bench wouldn’t. He’s 1-for-his-last-10. In 2010, Schneider was hitting 206/302/343 for the year after going 0-for-1 against the Padres on August 28 — he went 9-for-his-last-23 with six walks to end his ’10 season with a 240/345/384 line.
Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) faces righty Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61) this afternoon. Pelfrey has a 3.86 ERA over his last 15 appearances, 14 of which have been starts. He’s made four starts against the Phils this year, one (May 28) of which has been good and three that have been awful. Overall he’s 0-2 against the Phils for the year with a 7.58 ERA. Howard is 4-for-10 against him for the season with a pair of home runs. Kendrick was great his last time out, forced into the game after a rain delay forced Oswalt from the game after zero pitches and holding the Nats to two runs over six innings. He’s made four appearances against the Mets this year, one start and three relief appearances, and thrown to a 1.76 ERA over 15 1/3 innings. Pelfrey and Kendrick faced off against each other on July 17 in New York, a game the Phils won 8-5. Kendrick pitched very well that day, holding the Mets to a run over seven innings while Martinez hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to pace the offense.