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.