Vance Worley's a keeper. The Phillies' middle relief? Not so much. Worley bulldogged through 6 2-3 innings and gave himself a four-run cushion with a two-run double that was nearly blown by the 'pen, but the Phils survived 8-5 Saturday night.
Phillies 8, Rockies 5: I only caught bits and pieces, but each time I checked in, Worley was in the middle of pulse-pounding excitement, including a huge strikeout of Michael Cuddyer to escape a bases-loaded threat in the fifth. Shane Victorino snapped his extra-base hit drought with a double and triple. Carlos Ruiz homered. Jonathan Papelbon was called in to record five outs because Jake Diekman and Brian Sanches aren't major league pitchers.
Bonilla update: Touted right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, who had surgery on his pitching hand Friday, could return by the end of the season, Reading Eagle beat writer Mike Drago reports. The 22-year-old fractured a bone in his thumb reportedly horsing around with teammates at the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City. Dragos writes that "Bonilla has shown more promise than any Reading pitcher this season and could be in the big league bullpen picture next season."
Castro featured: Drago takes a closer look at Reading outfielder Leandro Castro, 23, who is having a breakout season at Double-A. Quoting Phillies Director of Player Development Joe Jordan: "In my opinion there's not one position player in our system who has seen everything come together and (who has) gained an understanding (of himself) more than he has." On the season, he's hitting .306/.334/.457 with six homers, nine stolen bases and a league-leading 26 doubles.
Draft pick turning heads: Williamsport first baseman / designated hitter Chris Serritella, a 4th-round pick in this year's draft from Southern Illinois Carbondale, is hitting .333/.391/.563 with four homers in his first 26 games in rookie ball. Serritella, who was taken by the Phillies with the 158th overall pick and was also the first college player taken by the Phils, decided to forgo his senior year and go pro. He led the Missouri Valley Conference in hitting, on-base percentage and slugging.
Morgan impressive: While teammate Jesse Biddle has scuffled of late, his left-handed teammate Adam Morgan has remained dominant despite a lack of support. The 22-year-old southpaw is 3-8 with a 3.23 ERA and 104/26 K/BB in 97 2-3 innings. He's allowed just two runs in his last three starts.
Nix update: Laynce Nix played first base and went 0-for-3 with an error Saturday night in Clearwater. He's been on the disabled list with a calf strain since the weather was about 20 degrees cooler (May 10).
Game chat: The Rockies and Phillies play the rubber game today at 3:10. Discuss it here. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone. [Jump to the newest comments]