Vance Worley pitched his first career complete game and Chase Utley raced home for a dramatic inside-the-park home run as the Phillies topped the Giants, 7-2, in the first game of their NLCS rematch.
The Vanimal: What more can this kid do? He's now 7-1 on the season with a 2.02 ERA. Coming off a start in which he worked a career-high eight innings, Worley pitched a three-hitter with one walk against the defending World Series champions. He struck out five in what could potentially be his final start in a Phillies uniform, should the team decide to sell high on their rookie right-hander.
The offense: The Phillies scored four runs with two outs in the first inning, highlighted by Raul Ibanez's three-run blast off Barry Zito. John Mayberry Jr. sent a solo homer into the left-field seats in the fifth to make it 5-1. But it was Utley's third career ITP home run that really brought the crowd to its feet. Utley's sixth-inning shot went off the angle in left-center field and ricocheted away from Andres Torres. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz picked it up and relayed to Mike Fontenot, whose throw to the plate was barely beaten by Utley's head-first slide. Ryan Howard's 20th homer - a mammoth solo shot in the eighth - capped the scoring.
The catch: Ibanez made a terrific catch leaping into the left-field wall for the next-to-last out of the game. It wasn't clear whether or not Raul's eyes were actually open when he caught the ball, but nevertheless it was one of his best catches as a Phillie.
Next up: Cole Hamels will pitch for the Phillies on Wednesday. His counterpart could be Tim Lincecum, who was scratched Tuesday due to a stomach illness. If not Lincecum, it will be fellow All-Star righty Matt Cain.
Hot stove: USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted that the Phillies have been scouting White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin. Earlier today, FoxSports scribe Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Phils are pursuing Houston outfielder Hunter Pence the hardest among possible suitors.