Phils starter Vance Worley throws with intensity. It allowed him to throw another gem, allowing a run on five hits in seven innings while striking out a career-high nine. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
It was a very relaxed night for Vance Worley and the Phils.
After getting himself in a couple jams in the 1st and 2nd innings, Worley settled down tremendously, both on the hill and at the plate. Another good game for him was put in the books and the Phils cruised to a 9-4 pounding to the lowly Mets.
Worley pitched seven fantastic innings, allowing only a run on five hits and a walk while striking out a season and career-best nine. He also had a nice day at the dish, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
He left the game with a 9-0 lead, thanks to big days by Shane Victorino, John Mayberry and Ben Francisco. Victorino homered and tripled while driving in three runs. Mayberry had a three-run homer in the 3rd inning.
But most surprisingly, Francisco went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. It was his first start in 31 games and he pretty much proved to Charlie Manuel that he can still contribute on this team.
Mayberry was playing first base today to give Ryan Howard another rest day. Francisco was in left field for the injured Raul Ibanez, who received a shot to his strained groin today.
The Mets got their final three runs in the 8th and 9th inning off Michael Stutes. Stutes wasn’t that sharp in his outing, allowing three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer to Lucas Duda in the 8th.
2B: Valdez (11), Francisco (10). 3B: Victorino (14). HR: Victorino (14), Mayberry (12).
WP: Worley (9-1). LP: Niese (11-11).