Vanimal Earns His Stripes In 2-1 Win

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, June 29, 2011 10:56 PM | Comments: 13
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Richie Ashburn Award: Vance Worley

Vance Worley has been playing with a chip on his shoulder all year since being called up the first time.  And why not?  He has everything to gain from this experience toeing the rubber after guys like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.  All he can do from here on out is get better.

Worley has continued to fall in line with what Charlie Manuel has been telling him to do.  He says ‘go out pitch John Lackey and the most potent offense in the Majors’ and Worley does it.  The 23-year old pitched a career high seven innings tonight allowing only one run on five hits.

The Boston Red Sox lead the American League in hitting (.275) and are second in runs scored (409).  For the past two games Phillies pitchers, mainly Worley and Cliff Lee, have stifled Red Sox hitters to the tune of seven hits and one run.  Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz were a combined 1 for 8 off the right hander tonight.  It was the first hit of the series for Gonzalez.

Boston scored their only run off an RBI double from starting pitcher John Lackey in the fifth inning which tied the game at one.  Raul Ibanez would put the Phillies up for good with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.  Ibanez, who has hit Lackey very well in his career, finished the night 3 for 3 and only a triple shy of the cycle.  This is great news for the Phillies as Ibanez came into tonight’s game with only five hits in his last 44 at bats.  It was his first homer in almost a month; the last one came May 30th.

Chase Utley had two hits on the night and stole his 100th career base.  Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo pitched a perfect eighth and ninth. respectively, to finish out the game.  The Phillies are now 51-30 and look to sweep the series with Boston tomorrow.

This series has been dubbed a World Series preview and for good reason.  There is no question that if this holds true, then starting pitching will be at the forefront of the success of this Phillies team.  If you go back and look at the last 8 games, minus Roy Oswalt‘s backiotomy night, you will see Phillies starters throwing 65.1 innings and allowing only eight earned runs.

Obviously there are big names that pop out on this list like Lee and Halladay.  But Worley has held his own starting three of those games pitching 18 innings and allowing only two earned runs.  The kid is definitely earning his stripes, as he so proudly wore on the top of his head tonight.

The Vanimal has that Philly swagger.  Maybe it’s the mohawk, maybe it’s the glasses.  All I know is I like it, and maybe you should to.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    This is great for Vance. If he kept the Sox to 3 runs in 7 innings it would been a great outing. If not for the lucky double from off all people Lackey he probably would of shut them down. Tomorrow the Sox will be hungry to please their fans an not get swept. Lets hope the Phils have some offense for Cole.

  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Really this was incredible. I expected 6 innings, 4 runs or so from Worley with a high pitch count. He’s a big boy now, all grown up. He was absolutely in control all night.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    The sox have scored 11 runs in the last 6 games. This includes the Padres and Pirates series.

    This was a good time to catch them. But Worley stepped up so it added up to a good start.
    Lets see what Vance delivers in game 4 of the world series.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I just wish the freaking Braves would lose some. They like the giant zit on your nose that wont go away…

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    I like “Vanimal”. I also like “Worleybird”. If you forget about where he came from and just watch him pitch, you would swear that this guy is a good major league pitcher. He’s got the stuff. He locates. And I thought he got squeezed last night. Its a good thing that Ibanez got to see his cellie, John Lackey, so he could abuse him a little more. Nice 7-iron, Raul.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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    Today will be Cole’s 3rd attempt for win 10. In his last 2 attempts his ERA is about 2.55 but not quite enough offense to get the W, OK, no offense.

    The star of game 1 had nothing to do with game 2′s outcome. The star of game 2 will probably have nothing at all to do with game 3′s outcome.
    Does that imply we should have a Ryan Howard sighting? Or Chooch? Or perhaps a Jimmy Rollins appearance? I just want a victory!

  • Posts: 26 jeff y

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    Pitching was great. Vance, Stutes, and Bastardo were on the money last night.

  • Posts: 2005 Brooks

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    I’m glad there is not much write up on Raul’s big night because, we know this flash in the pan will be gone in a day. 1 hr in the month of June??? Really? Our starting left fielder has 5 rbi, 5 runs scored, 1 hr in 86 atbats in the month of June – that is disgraceful. This is 24 games folks. His OBP for June is .269, not even a really decent batting average.

    I really don’t care if Cholly brings up Mayberry who flounders for a while, at least there is some defense and an arm plus, you’d really like to think there would be a little more offense on the table. This is putrid and does not belong on a championship caliber team.

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    116 pitches…

    Vance needs to keep spotting his fastball, work hard and not be afraid to pitch to contact. 116 pitches in 7 innings is a lot. Love the result but I don’t want him to earn the label effectively wild.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    OCP – I personally don’t care how they label Worley as long as the word “effective” is in it.!

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Worley is doing a good job. I have to see him go through 1.5 seasons to buy into him. We have had lots of great rookie seasons but most teams eventually figure out a weakness in a pitcher and then he has to adjust, most can’t. I am not saying Worley cannot be a Major League pitcher but for now he is a #5 in my mind. Still time to develop.

    In any case – pitching and fielding!

  • Posts: 0 michael

    I knew he would do well, I even picked him up in my fantasy league, I also have Lee and Hamels.

  • Posts: 1110 Manny

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