One run. It’s all Cliff Lee begged for on Wednesday and it’s all Vance Worley got tonight.
That one lone run was again the difference maker in the outcome for the Phillies, this time resulting in a win. A first-inning run was all Worley needed as the Philies won, 2-0, in San Diego.
It was the 12th straight win for the Phillies in San Diego, a high in the majors for one team in an opposing ballpark dating back to the 2008 season. They are also now 25-4 all-time that park.
Less than 24 hours after Cliff Lee threw his 102nd pitch to complete 10 shut out innings against the Giants, Worley went out and attempted to match his predecessor.
Worley made the Padres offense look foolish, striking out a career high 11 batters.
Worley went seven shut out innings, allowing only four hits and three walks. Every out Worley recorded did not leave the infield.
The Padres barely sniffed scoring chances, but did have two significant chances that were snubbed by some fine defense and Worley.
The Padres had first and third with one out. Jeremy Hermida was struck out by Worley for out number two. Chase Headley attempted to steal second on the pitch and Ruiz threw to Jimmy Rollins and caught Headley in a run-down.
Headley froze, hoping to allow Will Venable to score from third. Rollins smartly threw home and Ruiz held onto the ball as Venable tried to jar the ball loose for the third out.
Their final opportunity coming in the 7th inning. Worley breezed through the first two batters before surrendering a two-out walk to Jason Bartlett and a single to Orlando Hudson that put Bartlett on third.
But Worley battled with Mark Kotsay in a nine-pitch at-bat that ended with Worley catching Kotsay looking on a full count slider for his 11th strike out.
Chad Qualls cleaned up the 8th inning against his former team, setting up Jonathan Papelbon for his fourth save of the season.
The Phillies got a quick strike in the 1st inning, the only run they would score while Worley was on the mound.
With runners on first and third with no outs, Jimmy Rollins hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Juan Pierre. The Phillies then loaded the bases with one out before John Mayberry popped out and Carlos Ruiz grounded out to prevent the Phillies from doing more damage with the possibilities that presented themselves.
They tacked on one more in the 9th inning on a wild pitch for insurance.
3B: Pierre (1).
WP: Worley (1-1). LP: Wieland (0-2). SV: Papelbon (4).