The Phillies are heading home after a 10-game western road trip and what a trip it was. With a 9-1 record, including two sweeps, their only loss was at the hands of SF Giants’ Tim Lincecum…not bad.
They entered Wednesday afternoon’s game hoping to sweep and get their rookie starter Vance Worley his ninth win. Well, they took care of the sweep albeit took most of the game to accomplish that, but Worley was another story.
He found himself in trouble pretty early on and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers took full advantage of Worley not having good command.
Worley suffered the second-worst start of his career. He allowed a career-high six earned runs in four innings, surrendering five in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. Worley simply did not have command of his pitches in the first, although he rebounded and allowed one more run through his next three innings. – Phillies.com
The Phillies were down 6-0 heading into the fourth, when Hunter Pence once again proved what a great addition he’s been. Hitting his 14th homer of the season, his 2-run shot scored Ryan Howard and got the Phillies on the board. Then Michael Martinez reached first on an error, and kept going to second. Worley helped himself out by singling to center field, scoring Martinez. The Dodgers’ lead was cut in half.
In the fifth, Shane Victorino walked, Howard singled, then Pence got on thanks to a fielding error, scoring Victorino in the process. Raul Ibanez grounded out, but Howard scored, putting the Phillies within one run. In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Kendrick replaced Worley. And the Dodgers answered back by tacking on another run, making it 7-5.
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Phillies were relentless and refused to go away that easy. In the sixth, Ben Francisco pinched for Kendrick and walked. Rollins singled. Francisco went to third, Rollins stole second while Victorino was at the plate, then Chase Utley hit a 2-RBI single, tying up the game. Up next was the big man and boy did he deliver at the right time. Hitting his 25th homer of the season, Howard’s 2-run shot put the Phillies up 9-7 and deflated the Dodgers’ crowd, well the few that were there anyway.
David Herndon threw a five-pitch sixth inning. Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson allowed three hits, one run and one walk and struck out two in the final three innings to keep the Dodgers from erasing the Phillies’ efforts. – Phillies.com
Though Madson gave up a run, he still added to his saves by getting his 22nd and Kendrick was handed the win bringing his record to 7-5.
Phillies won 9-8!
The Phillies have Thursday night off, then begin a 3-game series at home against the Washington Nationals. I can’t call them “true” National League East rivals because they are so far back, 22 games to be exact. They aren’t much of a threat, that’s for sure! Although I’m sure they’d love to throw the Phillies a loss.
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