Vance Worley, who looks like he could be straight out of “Major League” as Wild Thing Rick Vaughn, made quick work of the Nationals.
Worley, making his second start in place of the injured Joe Blanton, pitched six innings, scattering a run and four hits while striking out seven in the Phillies 7-4 win.
Worley painted the corners all night, striking out Adam LaRoche twice looking on the inside corner and lead off Danny Espinosa.
In Jayson Werth’s first at-bat, he was greeted with loud cheers. But Worley was greeted with even louder cheers when he struck out Werth with his fastball to end the first.
“I just think they were looking for different pitches. I was just coming right at them,” Worley said on his fast pace through the first three innings, in which he had already struck out five.
The Phillies finally got to Nats starter Jason Marquis in the bottom of the fifth inning. Raul Ibanez, who broke his slump in yesterday’s win with two doubles, crushed a solo home run to right center.
Marquis then loaded the bases with one out. Shane Victorino hit an RBI single and Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
After Washington got a run back in the top of the sixth, the Phillies chased Marquis after he loaded the bases and surrendered an RBI single to Wilson Valdez with no one out.
Rollins drove in a run to make it 5-1 and two runs scored on a throwing error on a ball hit by Victorino to make it 7-1.
Washington added three runs in the ninth with a three-run homer by Espinosa off Danys Baez.
Ibanez finished the night with three hits and an RBI. Rollins and Brian Schneider each had two hits and Victorino drove in two runs. Werth went 1-for-4, striking out twice, for the Nats.
It’s not known whether or not Worley will be with the Phillies much longer. In his two starts, he’s 2-0 while allowing a run in 12 innings on six hits and striking out 12. But with Blanton’s pending return, Worley could find himself back in Lehigh Valley.
“I was just trying to contribute the best I can,” said Worley after the game. “I mean some things were just going my way and I just wanna stick around as long as I can.”
HR: Ibanez (2).
WP: Worley (2-1). LP: Marquis (3-1).