Recalled right-hander Vance Worley (2-0, 1.13) makes his fifth career start tonight when the Phillies and Reds meet in the second of four from Citizens Bank Park. Johnny Cueto (2-1, 1.45) counters for the Reds.
Notes: Lost in the all the talk about Chase Utley's return and Monday's rout was another solid performance by the Phillies' pitching staff, which has the second lowest ERA in the Majors (3.01) and holds the league lead in strikeouts (387) and complete games (6). Good pitching, combined with a reliable defense (.991 fielding percentage leads baseball), continues to make up for a less than optimal offense, which has been the big reason why the Phils are just 8-9 instead of 12-5 or something similar over their recent stretch against winning clubs. … The Phils go with the same lineup as last night against the right-hander Cueto. Ben Francisco's days as a starting player have essentially ended.