Vance Worley pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut and Ryan Howard provided plenty of support with a grand slam and a two-run homer, leading the Phils over the Mets, 10-3, on Friday night.
Worley, who had a 1.38 ERA in five appearances (two starts) last season, was once again sharp Friday in place of Joe Blanton (elbow). He allowed two singles and four walks but escaped some dangerous spots with five strikeouts and a pair of double plays. In 19 career innings for the Phillies, Worley has allowed a total of two runs and 10 hits.
Howard posted his first multi-homer game of the season with a two-run blast off Mike Pelfrey in the fourth and a grand slam – the 10th of his career – off Dillon Gee in the sixth. Howard has now homered three times in two games after going more than two weeks without a home run. He came up in the seventh with a shot at another grand slam but struck out swinging against Tim Byrdak.
The Phils’ other runs came courtesy of two-run singles by Ben Francisco in the fifth and Placido Polanco in the seventh. They took a 10-0 lead into the ninth before David Herndon threw some late batting practice to make the final score a little more respectable.
Next up: Doc Halladay vs. Jonathon Niese in a Saturday matinee.
-Written for Beerleaguer by Drew Silverman