Worley strikes out 8; Thome plays 1B

Vance Worley was hittable last week. Today, not so much.

In fact, Worley was unhittable against the Pirates. The SoCal righty pitched four perfect innings, striking out eight on the day in the Phillies 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.

If Worley wasn’t on a pitch count he would have most likely kept going. After giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in his start last week, Worley made a complete 180 in his second outing of the spring.

Laynce Nix left the game early with what was believed to be a hamstring issue. He was replaced by Hector Luna, who broke a scoreless tie in the 4th with a solo home run, his second of the spring.

Jimmy Rollins followed up the next inning with a solo homer, his first of the spring.

Domonic Brown hit an RBI triple in the 8th inning to make it a 3-1 game and Kevin Frandsen drove him in to make it 4-1 Phillies.

THOME PLAYS 1B — Jim Thome finally got to break in his first baseman’s mitt this spring.

The 41-year-old slugger played ball with the minor leaguers today and got a chance to play a little first base. He made five put outs and saw the ball hit his way twice. The first got passed him on a diving attempt but he was able to field the second with ease.

(Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

“It felt good to be out there,” Thome said. “It was just a lot of fun. It makes you really appreciate guys that win Gold Gloves and go out there. Defense is something I’ve always had to work real hard at. Hopefully we’ll continue to do that and get better as we go.”

Thome feels he can play the position again in the next three or four days. But for now, he wants to take it easy as the problem isn’t playing the position as much as the strain it will put on his back.

“As I got going on, I could feel it a little bit, but nothing major,” Thome said. “The big thing is how I feel [Tuesday]. That’s always going to be the biggest test. How do you feel after playing? And this is great. It was great to be out there. I look forward to each step as we go.”


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