Young Guns Lead The Way in 1-0 Victory

Posted by Nick "Beerman" Staskin, Mon, July 04, 2011 09:02 PM | Comments: 21
2011 Game Recaps, Posts

Richie Ashburn Award: Vance Worley

The kids were certainly alright tonight.

Led by Vance Worley’s seven shutout innings, the Phillies pulled a 1-0 win over the Marlins to start the series.

Worley struck out six and only allowed two hits and two walks. He wasn’t the only rookie to contribute in this win. The lone run came on an RBI single off the bat of Michael Martinez, which scored fellow rookie Domonic Brown. Brown went 2-3 with a walk. However, the lone run came on a very close play in which replays showed that the throw did beat him.

After Worley’s dominant performance, Michael Stutes came in and threw a shutdown eighth inning before Antonio Bastardo came in to pick up his fifth save of the game.
Aside from the rookies leading the way, the other story tonight was the Marlins and their frustrations with the umpiring crew. Emilio Bonafacio and John Buck were both thrown out of the game after voicing their opinions with Kerwin Danley and company.

Bonafacio was tossed after it appeared that he avoided the tag from Worley on a close play that probably should have been an infield single in the bottom of the fifth. Instead of first and third with two outs, the Phillies were out of a potential jam.

Later in the game, Buck was tossed for arguing balls and strikes in the eighth. The pitch was very close, but didn’t lead to any Phillies runs.
Perhaps tonight was a sign of years to come, with Worley, who in four starts since rejoining the rotation has posted a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings, Stutes, Bastardo and Brown proving to be the difference. This was the second outing in a row for Worley that the Phils wound up winning 1-0.

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  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    I would not be surprised if Polanco’s batting average is in the .260′s by All-Star break. Hardly a decent average for an All-Star starter.

    He’s getting old and needs some time off from time to time. Doesn’t Manuel realize this? He will need more time off next year when he’s age 36. I think we should consider a player like Wilson Betemit, as switch hitting infielder (3rd baseman) from Kansas City. Polanco is in and Ibanez-like slump. NOT GOOD.

    • Posts: 546 Bruce

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      Tavian, I’m not surprised either that Polanco’s batting average has taken a tumble. However, it has nothing to do with his age. He is hurting for some time. It began with the elbow injury earlier this season. Now he has back pain issues. It has affected the way he swing his bat. The pain at time cause numbness down his leg. In spite of his pain, he refuse at this point in time to take a cortisone shot.

      Charlie Manuel plays him because of his outstanding glovework at the hot corner. There has been countless times where the former gold glover has saved the team a run with superlative play in the field. Manuel is hopeful too that Polanco can regain his hitting stroke in spite of the troubling pain he has dealt with. Polanco also offers vital experience and leadership on the field. That is why Manuel needs him in the lineup until Polanco decides he can’t play.

  • Posts: 5354 Lefty

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    Well nice Job Vance, so your reward is-

    We’re sending you down to AAA.

    True -according to Matt Gelb, Worley optioned, bringing up Mayberry. Maybe due to Vic’s injury??? I don’t get it

  • Posts: 0 Nick Staskin


    It is just to keep Vance on the same routine. This was going to be his last start before the ASB, he’ll be brought back up after the break to face the Mets.

    • Posts: 5354 Lefty

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      Thanks Nick

    • Posts: 546 Bruce

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      Nick is rigjht according to Phillies.com. The Phillies said Worley will rejoin the team and start in the July 15-17 series against the Mets at Citi Field.

      Worley is quoted as saying “Whatever they need me to do, that’s what I’m going to do,” Worley said. “If I can continue to stay on pace and in routine, that’s better for me in my opinion.”

      Another news item is Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning in a Class A game for Lakewood. He is very close to returning to the Phillies. Also the Phillies are hopeful that Madson can return July 15th after the All-Star break. Things are looking up and the Kiddie Korps of Stutes and Bastardo continue to give the team a great lift.

  • Posts: 5354 Lefty

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    So with Hamels going tomorrow, and Kendrick Wednesday, we’re going to pitch Halladay, Lee, Hamels against the Braves then.

    So as someone correctly predicted, no All Star game for Cole.

    • Posts: 546 Bruce

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      I’m not all that disappointed if Hamels is excluded from the All-Star game. After all, Halladay and Lee will represent the NL stars.

      The Braves are gathering steam and finally getting significant contribution from their talented young players such as the rookies Freeman (1B) and Kimbal (closer with 25 saves!!) to support a very strong rotation of starters with a low, low ERA. So I think, Hamels is definitely needed for the Braves series coming up.

      • Posts: 5354 Lefty

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        Who said anything about being disappointed? I just stated the fact that whoever said he wouldn’t play was correct. We absolutely need him Sunday against the Braves assuming his right hand is healthy enough.

        I have been maintaining for most of the season that the Braves were the second best team in the NL. They just happened to be stuck in our division, so no one noticed how well they were playing. Based on record, they are close to being the second best team in all of MLB.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    the throw beat brown. but brown was clearly safe.

  • Posts: 0 Gregg Legg

    Bruce –
    Lidge on the comeback trail? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    These dam Braves just wont let up an hot on trails. I keep hoping they lose a few straight but they just dont want to. As far as Lidge coming up im scared. Im scared of having him up in a game like today. Which im sure Manuel will throw him in to get him up to par. Such a tight race an them bastard Braves wont stumble we cant afford to drop games because of Lidge.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    PS….Brown was out but when youre the NL champions for a few years straight the Umps tend to give close calls like that to the better team…my 2 cents…

  • Posts: 0 Tavian

    Bruce, thanks for the explanation regarding Polanco. He is a fine team player and I am very happy he is a Phillie. I am concerned that we cannot afford to give the poor guy some time off to heal.

  • Posts: 0 Gregg Legg

    The time will be here soon for the Phils to pick up a righty bat. If Polanco goes down, that cinches it. Scotty Rolen, come back. All is forgiven.
    Seriously, though. When are the Phillies going to deal for Hunter Pence?

  • Posts: 2886 Chuck A.

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    I would be pretty shocked if the Phillies deal for Hunter Pence. Who do you suppose they would have to give up in order to get him? I think it’s gonna be too expensive a deal. But then….Ruben has surprised us before…

    My understanding is that the Phillies are looking at Juan Rivera as a cheap option.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Umpires get ONE look at a play, in real time . . . and have to make the call right on the spot. Its amazing that no matter how many super-slow-motion replays, and 17 different angles, etc . . . a lot of times nobody is 100% sure. I think all officials get a bad wrap, but it ain’t an easy job..

    I thought Brown was safe because the catcher had to come back to the play

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Chuck Juan Rivera isnt that cheap 5.25 mill (remainder) unless you mean by cheap no prospects are involved. This guy is 32 but plays like he is 38 (Raul Jr.).

  • Posts: 1076 betasigmadeltashag

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    I think the only RH Bat will come on the waiver wire and I am fine with that, all the doom and gloom for a team that has the best record in Baseball,
    I know Poly really wants to start the AS game but I think it would be better for him to have the four days off, It would be nice if he backed out due a bad back.
    I really like the idea of Mayberry coming up to fill in for Vic if he can not go. Despite his hit last night I would much rather see Mayberry in center field and at the plate. Hopefully he does enough to keep him up for a while.
    Another big question what role will Lidge have in the pen, Madson is the closer if he can come back healthy, and Bastardo has proven he is more then capable closer or set up guy along with Stutes as a seventh inning guy. Where does Lidge fit in there, and Contreous should be back soon. Is Lidge going to be a Right handed specialist and who goes down at that poing

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I can guess they might cut Baez. Too early too tell Lidge can have another set back an or may not regain form.

  • Posts: 0 Gregg Legg

    Juan Rivera. Ugh. A bigtime (read high priced) righty bat is probably out of range, but the Phillies do manage to find talent out there in the weeds. Werth and Dobbs were a couple of no-names when they got here, and they helped win a WS. Guys like Stairs and Sweeney contributed as well when they joined the club. If I hear the name Francouer, I may throw up in my mouth.

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