Despite a hairy start, Vance Worley authored yet another dominant performance, and a couple of bats continued to produce as the Phillies beat the Mets 9-4.
Worley: The Vanimal allowed just one run on five hits in seven masterful innings, pouring in 76 strikes in 109 pitches and punching out a career-high nine batters while walking just one. He pitched around a bases-loaded jam in the first and then struck out the side with men on second and third in the second. Beginning with those three Ks to end the second frame, Worley retired 15 straight Mets. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single and a pair of runs to help himself to his ninth victory of the season as all the sabermetricians out there continue to wonder when the “inevitable regression” will take place.
Offense: In years past, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard could be expected to carry the club through the stretch run, but over the last week, Shane Victorino and John Mayberry have become the team’s offensive sparkplugs (along with Hunter Pence). Maybe it’s the result of growing comfort with big-league pitching, or maybe some Space Jam scenario has occurred wherein he stole Howard’s homerun-hitting abilities, but Mayberry has been on an absolute tear since last Wednesday. He went 2-for-4 tonight with another homer and three more RBIs. In the last week, he is 9-for-22 (.409) with three bombs, a triple and 10 runs plated, prompting questions of everyday playing time. Victorino, who went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer and three RBIs of his own, has been equally hot at the plate, totaling nine extra-base hits in 69 at-bats in the month of August.
Next up: Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) gets the ball against Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61) as the Phils go for the sweep in tomorrow’s matinee.