Well it seemed the Phillies had finally found enough offense to get it done with some room to spare. But the bullpen made us remember that no lead is safe. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Vance Worley came into the game trying to shed the idea of a sophomore slump. He did just that. Worley went six innings, struck out five and only allowed one run. For the first three games to open the season, the starting pitchers have gone 20 innings and only allowed two earned runs. And yet the Phillies are 1-2.
Hunter Pence once again provided the first inning RBI as he did last night and then broke a 1-1 tie with his first home run of the season. Pence now has two of the three extra base hits for the Phillies this season.
Juan Pierre, who started in left and batted lead off, had a two run single in the seventh to give the Phils a 4-1 lead. Michael Stutes came in to pitch the seventh and pitched well. Pedro Alvarez should have been down on strikes but advanced to first when catcher Brian Schneider couldn’t hold on to the ball and Ty Wigginton dropped it again.
Alvarez would later come around to score on a Casey McGehee double and the Pirates would cut the deficit to 4-3 by the end of the seventh. Another run off Antonio Bastardo in the eighth, charged to Kyle Kendrick, would tie it up. The Pirates would walk off in the ninth on a game winning single by Andrew McCutchen off everyone’s favorite reliever David Herndon and beat the Phillies 5-4.
The Phillies offense struggled again only collecting five hits. Pierre and Pence each had two hits while Shane Victorino singled and scored the first run of the game in the first inning.
The Mets and Orioles are 3-0. Just an observation. Back to Philly we go.