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Game 38: Worley Scratched; Kendrick Starting

Phillies P Kyle Kendrick walks off the mound after giving up five runs to the Mets in his last outing on May 9. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It’s up to Kyle Kendrick to keep the winning ways of the Phillies rolling.

The Phillies are going to get an emergency start from Kendrick tonight after slated starter Vance Worley was scratched with soreness in his right elbow. Worley was then placed on the DL this morning, dampening the winning ways the Phillies have gotten used to.

Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) has not pitched that well this season, and has pitched only once in the last 11 days. His last outing on May 9 was one to forget, getting shelled for five runs in an inning of relief.

Kendrick has three starts on the season, posting an 0-2 record as a starter with the Phillies losing all three. He was shelled in his first start but pitched well enough in his last two but didn’t get a winning decision due to poor offense.

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Phillies Use Home Runs; Bullpen Holds Lead in Series Opener

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and left fielder John Mayberry celebrate Mayberry’s two-run home run in the 2nd inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Padres 3
WP – Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07)
LP – Clayton Richard (1-5, 5.32)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies started a game in similar fashion to the last three games played.

They scored quickly and early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning thanks to John Mayberry Jr’s first home run of the season. The offensive start wasn’t put to waste this time as the Phillies beat the Padres, 7-3, snapping a three-game skid.

Vance Worley brought solid stuff to the ballpark tonight, striking out six through the first four innings. He allowed two runs in the 4th inning, RBI singles by Yonder Alonso and Jesus Guzman.

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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Game 23: Breaking Even

Phillies RF Hunter Pence takes a terrible swing against the Cubs on April 29, 2012. (Photo by John Russo/TTB)

The Phillies (10-12) will attempt to even up the series with the Cubs (8-14) tonight, capping off a four-game set.

After dropping the first game on Friday, 5-1, they bounced back with a nice offensive showing in a 5-2 win. But the bats went ice cold again, mustering only two hits in a 5-1 loss yesterday afternoon.

It’ll be up to the offense to back Vance Worley (2-1, 2.16) as the Phillies try earn a split against the lowly Cubs and retry their assent over .500, something they haven’t seen since being 2-1 to start the season.

In his last start, an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks, Worley went six innings, allowing a run on five hits and a walk, striking out six. He has been very good to start the season, which saw a career high 11 strikeouts in a win against the Padres the previous start.

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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up. Less than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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Phils Announce Rotation 2.0

The fans who got tickets for the home opener were given a real treat today.

The Phillies announced their starting rotation for the season. And in a move popular with many, the lefties will be split like last season.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley will take the mound for the Phillies in their opening series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. That means Cole Hamels will pitch in the home opener on April 9 against the Miami Marlins, a real treat for the fans.

Joe Blanton’s first start could be skipped. He’s slated to pitch April 11 but with there being a day off on April 6, Halladay could make his second start on that date.

On March 14, I wrote about how it would be a good idea for the Phillies to split the lefties, keeping a balance in the rotation while maintaining a clear advantage against opposing teams in every series.

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.

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Worley looks to avoid sophomore slump

Phillies SP Vance Worley. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

With all the talk about the four aces coming into the 2011 season, Vance Worley wasn’t expected to contribute much. In fact, Worley wasn’t even expected to make the big league club.

However, key injuries to guys like Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton allowed Worley to make his way onto the major league roster in the middle of the season.

It was Worley’s play that allowed him to stay. The 24-year-old righty went on to go 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 starts for the Phillies.

He surpassed all expectations that anybody could’ve imagined.

But Worley will be expected to duplicate his 2011 success and and avoid the quintessential sophomore slump? The Long Beach State product could be a huge part of the Phillies pitching staff this year.

There are no more four aces but Worley is more than capable of holding his own.

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Worley finishes 3rd in NL ROY voting

(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

It was an excellent rookie season for Phillies surprise starter Vance Worley.

But was his 10-3 record and 3.01 ERA enough to topple Atlanta’s two incredible rookies? That answer was a no.

In a unanimous decision, Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel took home the National League Rookie of the Year award with first baseman Freddie Freeman finishing second. As for the Phillies starting pitcher, a bronze medal was awarded for his surprisingly stellar season.

The battle was between apples, oranges and pears. It’s not often you see a starting pitcher, closer and offensive force all make top three cases for the rookie honors.

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