Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee are performing up to expectations this year as some of the league’s premier pitching threats. But the young Vance Worley has been impressive as well, and the 23-year-old right-hander showed that Monday, shutting down Florida and outdueling Ricky Nolasco as the Phillies beat the Marlins by a score of 1-0.
Worley allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings and is now 2-0 with a 0.72 ERA (he’s allowed only two earned runs in 25 innings) in four starts since rejoining the Phillies’ major league roster last month. Meanwhile, Nolasco had trouble controlling the ball and, despite giving up just a single run, couldn’t lead his club to a victory, which was sealed by a Michael Martinez RBI single in the seventh inning.
The Phillies take on the Marlins in the second game of their divisional series tomorrow, with Hamels slated to go up against Chris Volstad.