Vance Worley, when he settles in as a major leaguer, is supposed to be a back-end of the rotation arm, or maybe a middle reliever.
But nobody appears to have notified Worley himself.
Worley allowed five baserunners among the first eight men he faced, then retired 15 in a row before allowing one run in the seventh as the Phillies took the middle game of the series by a score of 9-4. Worley threw 109 pitches and struck out a career high nine men, a staggering seven of them on called third strikes, including three in a row with runners on second and third in the second inning. Michael Stutes allowed three runs in two innings of garbage time, but the Mets weren’t really ever in the game after the fifth inning or so.
Shane Victorino and John Mayberry staked the Phillies to a 4-0 lead in the third with a pair of tape measure home runs to left, and Worley himself helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
For the second straight night, the Phillies jumped on the Mets’ starter in the middle innings, tagging Jonathon Niese for eight earned runs in four-plus innings. It was a team effort, as eight Phillies reached base and Ben Francisco, starting for the first time since July 22, went 3-for-3 with a double (his first hit since August 7).