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Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Phils rookie Dom Brown gets under Marlins catcher John Buck's tag to give the Phils the lone run of the game. Michael Martinez had the RBI single. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Shane Victorino was a late scratch for today’s game with a sore thumb. Insert Michael Martinez and his sub .200 batting average and you have an 0-for-3 day in the eight-spot.

But Martinez took advantage of his rare start, driving in the lone run Vance Worley needed as the Phils beat Florida, 1-0, Monday night.

Domonic Brown led off the 7th with a single. After catcher Brian Schneider walked, Martinez ripped a single into center field to score Brown, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead off Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Worley was at his best once again for the Phils, making their injury problems in the bull pen and rotation an afterthought. He went seven innings of shut out ball, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out six. He was replaced by fellow IronPig team mates Michael Stutes in the 8th and Antonio Bastardo for the save in the 9th.

Since rejoining the Phils on June 16, Worley has a 0.72 ERA (two earned runs in 25 innings) in four starts.

But after the game, Worley was optioned for assignment since he won’t pitch the rest of the week before the break. The move will keep him on assignment rather than sitting 10 days and will give the Phillies an extra bat, likely John Mayberry.


-Brad Lidge threw one inning of  rehab ball tonight in Single A Lakewood. He gave up two hits and no runs while throwing 15 pitches, nine for strikes. He did get a double-play ball in the inning.

-Victorino will not play tomorrow, Charlie Manuel said. With Mayberry likely to be called up in Worley’s place, look for him to have a chance at starting in center. If not, Martinez could make his second straight start.

WP: Worley (4-1). LP: Nolasco (5-5). S: Bastardo (5).



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