Vance Worley gave the Phils their second fantastic start in two games last night and this time the Phils got the win, beating the Padres 2-0 in the first game of their set in San Diego. Worley struck out 11 in seven innings and was backed by scoreless frames from Qualls and Papelbon.
Over their last two games, the Phillies have gotten 17 scoreless innings from their starting pitchers in which they have struck out 18. Phillies starting pitchers for the year have combined to throw to a 2.32 ERA with a 1.00 ratio and averaged 6.87 innings per start.
Juan Pierre did his very best to jump start the offense for the Phils in the game, walking, singling and tripling in his first three plate appearances, but the Phillies still had a whole bunch of problems scoring runs. They got one in the first on a walk, three hits and an error. The other run came in the ninth and wouldn’t have scored without the help of a passed ball, thanks to back-to-back strikeouts followed by a ground out after the Phils put a runner on third with nobody out.
Six wins on the year for the Phillies, who still haven’t won a game in which they’ve allowed more than two runs. They’ve allowed a total of six runs in the games that they’ve won (zero twice, one twice and two twice). In the seven games they’ve lost, they’ve allowed a total of 28 runs, or four runs per game.
The Phillies are 6-7 on the season after beating the San Diego Padres 2-0 last night. They lead the series one game to none.
Worley got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a triple. He struck out 11.
He started the bottom of the first with a 1-0 lead and struck out the side. Will Venable went down swinging. Cameron Maybin and Chase Headley both struck out looking.
Lefty Jeremy Hermida led off the second with a triple to center. Lefty Yonder Alonso lined to third for the first out. Worley struck lefty John Baker out looking 1-2 for the second. Righty Jason Bartlett grounded to second to end the inning.
No run for the Padres despite the leadoff triple.
Worley struck out pitcher Joe Wieland in a 1-2-3 third.
He struck Maybin out to start the fourth before walking Headley on five pitches. Hermida was next and he grounded to third, with Headley forced at second for the second out. Alonso was next and he walked on five pitches as well, but Worley got Baker on a ground ball to second to set the Padres down.
Two walks in the inning for Worley, but he works around them. It’s obviously very early, but Worley’s walk rate is up for the year so far. Through three starts he’s walked 12% of the left-handed hitters he’s faced compared to 8.7% in 2011.
Worley struck out Bartlett and Hudson in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Venable lined a single to center to start the sixth. Maybin bunted him to second with the first out before Headley singled in to left, moving Venable up to third. Hermida struck out swinging 3-2 as Headley took off for second. Ruiz threw to second. Rollins took the throw with Venable coming home. Rollins made a strong throw home and Ruiz applied the tag to get Venable and end the inning.
No run for the Padres after putting men on first and third with one out.
Worley got the first two to start the seventh before walking Bartlett on a 3-2 pitch. Hudson moved Bartlett to third with a single to center. Kotsay struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch and was infuriated because the ball was so far outside.
Worley got a call on the 3-2 pitch to Kotsay, but it’s still a great job and a huge at-bat for him after the Padres put the go-ahead run on base.
Qualls pitched the eighth with the Phils still up a run. He walked Headley on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and Headley stole second with Hermida at the plate. Hermida grounded to second to leave Headley stranded.
Fifth outing of the year for Qualls, who still has not been charged with a run in five scoreless innings. Opponents are hitting .167 against him.
Papelbon started the ninth with a 2-0 lead and walked Alonso on a 3-2 pitch. Baker was next, though, and Papelbon got him to ground into a double-play that cleared the bases. He struck Bartlett out looking 2-2 to end the game.
Sixth outing and fourth save for Papelbon. He’s allowed one run over six innings on the homer he allowed to Kearns.
Qualls threw 19 pitches in the game and Papelbon 14. They combined to throw two scoreless innings, allowing two walks and no hits.
The Phillies lineup against righty Joe Wieland went (1) Pierre (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Pence (5) Victorino (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Galvis. Polanco and Mayberry back in the lineup against the righty. Lefties Nix and Thome on the bench as well as the righty Wigginton. Polanco continues to hit second, even against the righty. Too high.
Pierre was the first hitter of the game and walked on five pitches. Polanco was next and he singled to left with Pierre moving up to third on an error by Venable. It put runners on the corners for Rollins and Rollins hit a ball well to right for the first out. Pierre tagged and scored from third, putting the Phils on top 1-0. Pence was next and he singled into center, moving Polanco up to second. Victorino followed that with another hit, also a single to center, which loaded the bases for Mayberry with one out. Mayberry popped to second on a 3-2 pitch for the second out with all of the runners holding. Ruiz grounded to short to set the Phillies down.
First things first: Pierre walked, number one on the season, so my official guess of April 27 for his first walk proves to be a bust. Mayberry is the other thing there, popping out with the bases loaded and one out to continue a miserable start to the season for him.
The Phillies score in the frame. Given the recent history, that’s something. Still, on a walk, three hits and an error they can only come up with one run.
Pierre and Polanco get it done at the top of the order, coming through with a walk and a single to start the rally.
Galvis and Worley both struck out to start the second before Pierre reached on an infield single. Polanco grounded to short for the third out.
Pierre on base again for the second time in two innings.
Rollins and Pence struck out as the Phils went in order in the third.
They went 1-2-3 in the fourth as well.
Pierre lined a triple down the left field line with one out in the fifth. Polanco was next and he grounded hard to third for the first out, with Pierre holding third. Rollins struck out swinging to leave Pierre at third.
Pierre triples, so my official guess of the 14th of Never-everness for his first extra-base hit also proves to be a bust.
No run for the Phillies after the one-out triple by Pierre. Polanco hit the ball hard right at Headley, so Pierre had no chance to score. Kind of a tough break for Polanco, who could just a couple of breaks at this point. Three plate appearances for Pierre at this point in the game and he has a walk, a single and a triple.
Mayberry struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.
Righty Luke Gregerson set the Phils down in order in the seventh, striking out Ruiz for the first out.
Righty Andrew Cashner got Pierre, Polanco and Rollins in order in the eighth.
Righty Ernesto Frieri started the ninth. Pence led off the inning and walked on four pitches. Victorino moved him to third with a single to left. Victorino stole second with Mayberry at the plate, putting men on second and third. The 0-2 pitch to Mayberry was outside and off the catcher’s foot. It rolled way away, allowing Pence to score from third (2-0) and Victorino to move up to third. Mayberry struck out swinging 1-2 for the first out. Ruiz struck out looking 0-2 for the second. Galvis flew to left to set the Phillies down.
The Phils manage a run, but again Mayberry comes up empty, striking out with a runner on third for the first out. Ruiz couldn’t get it done, either, striking out with a runner on third for the second out.
Pierre had a monster game, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple to up his line to 333/353/394.
Polanco 1-for-4 to up his average to .186. 186/222/209 on the year.
Rollins was 0-for-3 with a big sac fly and two strikeouts. He’s 1-for-his-last-15.
Pence 1-for-3 with a walk.
Victorino 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base. He has stolen six bases without being caught.
Mayberry was miserable, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and four men left on base. In the first he popped to second with the bases loaded and one out. In the ninth he struck out with nobody out and a runner on third. He’s 1-for-his-last-14.
Ruiz 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .206 since going 4-for-6 to start the year.
Galvis 0-for-4 to drop his average to .216.
Hamels (1-1, 3.65) faces righty Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24) tonight. Hamels was better in his most recent start than his first, holding the Mets to two runs over seven innings. He has 19 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings for the season. Volquez struggled in his most recent start, which came against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings. He has walked 12 in 17 innings for the year.