Vance Worley struck a career high nine batters and threw seven innings of one run ball as the Phillies cruised to the second straight blowout win over the New York Mets 9-4 Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Worley looked like he would get off to a rough start allowing runners to reach 2nd and 3rd with none out in each of the first two innings, but he would strike out five of the six batters that would come up with runners in scoring position to get out of each jam. All five of those strikeouts were looking. Things got easier for the Vanimal as the night wore on as he racked up four more Ks and only gave up one more hit. Plus, he was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Cliff Lee like!
This is the 12th straight game started by Worley that the Phillies have won, which according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the longest streak for any team with any rookie in 25 years.
The Phillies knocked around Mets start Jon Neise to the tune of 10 hits and 8 runs over just four innings. The damage started in the 3rd when Shane Victorino smacked a solo homer and John Mayberry crushed a pitch for a three run shot putting the Phils up 4-0. They would knock Neise out in the 4th when they loaded the bases with none out for Wilson Valdez and Vance Worley to both both drive in a run. Shane Victorino would then clear the bases with a triple, his 14th of the season, the second highest total in baseball.
The Mets added three extra runs in the late innings off Michael Stutes to close the gap to 9-4
The Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick to the hill against Mike Pelfrey tomorrow in a matinee at Citizens Bank Park as they look for a sweep of the Mets.