Worley Impressive Again, Polly Comes Up Big Late – Phillies Nation

Worley Impressive Again, Polly Comes Up Big Late

Worley was solid once again. (AP)

The offense, somehow, saved the day.

After blowing a 4-0 lead, Placido Polanco’s two-run double in the eighth inning was the game winner as the Phillies split the 4 game series with the Cubs, winning 6-4 on Tuesday night.


-Antonio Bastardo was lights out last year and was the pleasant surprise of the 2011 roster. This year, he just hasn’t looked the same. He, along with Chad Qualls, allowed the Cubs to tie it in the eighth inning. Bryan LaHair’s 2-run home run wiped away a Vance Worley win.

-As @TheLollipopking said on twitter – “I know Qualls gave up the HR, but it’s a shame Bastardo has gone from being awesome last yr to a guy you can’t trust anymore.” Well put.


-Worley began the night thanking his right fielder for a strong defensive play. David DeJesus roped a ball off the wall that was picked up cleanly by Hunter Pence, who threw a strike to get DeJesus at second base. Except, he wasn’t out. The umpire just called it that way. So, Worley started with a mulligan. From there on, he retired the first 11 batters of the game.

-His trouble spots were the fourth and fifth, and seventh innings. In the fourth and fifth, he got out of jams with two runners on base. In the seventh, he loaded the bases with no outs, but got a little help from his defense as Placido Polanco turned a 6-3 double play. A run would score on that play and one batter later, Worley would get Reed Johnson to ground out to first. Crises averted.

-For the past two seasons, Vance Worley has been a K-looking machine. Heading into Monday night’s game against the Cubs, Worley had fanned 57% of his strikeout victims on called third strikes. This year, that number is at 67% (thanks Corey). On Monday, he fanned five Cubs, three of them looking.

-Worley ran his scoreless-innings streak to –. He has been unreal recently and, as I’ve been saying, is just fun to watch. He has that swagger going. The glasses are still cool. Everything about him is just working right now.


-It wasn’t a full-on breakout, but the Phillies did put up a crooked number in the first inning to get the crowd involved early. They put up four runs on five hits (all singles), making Chris Volstad throw 30 pitches. If you’re unaware, the Phillies have owned Volstad.

-After the first inning, it was another bore-fest by the Phils. More terrible at-bats and stranded runners plaguing them. After Volstad’s 30-pitch first frame, the next 11 Phillies batters saw just 27 total pitches.

-It wasn’t until the bottom of the eighth that the Phillies slowed down and took advantage of mistakes at the plate. Juan Pierre was hit by a pitch and Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco followed that up with two solid plate appearances. Eventually, Polly would win the Phillies the game with a two-run double. That’s the kind of hitting this team needs.


-Jonathan Papelbon walked Geovany Soto to lead off the ninth, but set the next three batters down in order for his eighth save in as many tries.

-Phillies hit the road for the next six games; three in Atlanta, three in DC.

-Tuesday is the start of May. So I guess those who wanted April to end have their wish. Will it get better from here?

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  1. Lefty

    April 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Good win, it’s the kind we get this year. I’ll take it.

    Bastardo is not even coming close to hitting Ruiz glove, he’s lost his command completely.

    And MLB in it’s infinite wisdom credits another “Win” to a pitcher that blows the game. It’s been that way forever, but I wish they’d change the way that is scored. I don’t guess you could give the win to the starter, but I’d rather see no “win” awarded to the pitching staff than give it to the one that blows the save.

  2. Bob in Bucks

    April 30, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Wins should not be credited to pitchers. It no longer has any meaning with use of relief pitchers. In fact it never made any sense in that wins is a team statistic.

    I’m afraid this team just does not hit without some major change. I dont think Utley and Howard will make the difference this year. STILL hoping for 85 wins.

    • Chris

      April 30, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Well if they continue on the current path you’re looking at 81 wins. I think Utley and Howard will make a difference, plus the offense can’t hit much worse than it has so far. The Phillies have started out like this 4 of the last 5 years and all those times they were capable of 90 or so wins

  3. Tornado

    April 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Polly had a great all around game. Couple big knocks and 3 great defensive plays. Hopefully he’s out of his funk……

  4. Dave P

    April 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Yet another game the relief pitching blow for worley. He should really be 4-1 right now.

    Still, he looked good, his pitches had good movement, and he had a great outing. One month doesn’t make a season, but I’m glad to see him put the term “sophomore slump” out of people’s minds.

  5. psujoe

    April 30, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Be nice to see the Phils win a few series this week. They’re right there despite not having the two big guns. Great to see Poly hitting again.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Going to break the rule to show this.

    Hunter posted it. So classic.

    Ruiz my favorite player ever.

    I want them to win a WS so bad this year.

    If you fielded 26 Ruizs youd win it every year.



    • George

      May 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Not only is this one Ruiz too many, last time I looked, Ruiz doesn’t pitch. He’s also probably too slow to play center field.

      It might actually work, though. The lineup card would be so confusing the umpires wouldn’t know it when you cheated and rung in a Halladay or a Hamels.

  7. eddie

    May 1, 2012 at 1:51 am

    The philliers are winning this game guaranteed with hamels on the mound and they will start off may right!! i have why on my blog with all the stats and how to bet it so come on by! http://baseballpitboss.com/2012/05/a-scrumptious-tuesday-pitching-dual-in-hot-lanta/

  8. TheDipsy

    May 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Thats 1 Ruiz too many, isn’t it. And I don’t believe that management told you you could only post once a day. Ali needed Frazier. Frost needed Nixon. etc. etc. PN needs you.

    The Dipsy

    • Chuck A.

      May 1, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Phillies Nation needs AFW?? That’s debatable.

  9. betasigmadeltashag

    May 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I just do not get it, yes Bastardo walk a guy and has had conrtoll issues this year. The guy was used almost every other day for an inning at a time last year, then put on the shelf or a week and now has pitched what 4 innings this year, they guy needs to pitch more, when he was throwing in games a lot last year he was better. How does Hernden get two innings and Bastardo get 1/3. Also I put some of the blame on Chooch, I love the guy but Bastardo obviouly did not have comand of the fast ball right away, why not throw a slider or some off speed pitch when it was 1-0 or 2-0 to see if that would settle him down. When was the last time he pitched in a game. He should have been in the game on sunday instead of hernden he needs innings and he will be back to his performace last year

  10. betasigmadeltashag

    May 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Also the offense looked better today a few hard hit outs, which I know does not matter in the box score, and with a few exceptions they swung at good pitches. I would also like to see JMJ get a start again soon, I do not think hitting one time every two or three days is going to him in a grove. Next leftie they face should be JMJ in left and Wiggy at first a line up I would like to see against lefties
    Let JMJ hit seventh or eighth for a few games and I think he would relax a little, or send him down to get consistant at bats like last year, because sitting on the bench is not good for him

    • schmenkman

      May 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      The next lefty they will see appears to be Gio Gonzalez on Saturday.

      Pierre is actually somewhat better vs. lefties than Wigginton, so I would also be OK with Pierre in left and JMJ at First, but it makes the lineup shuffle more complicated.

      And Pence is MUCH better than Wigs vs. LHPs. Pierre leadoff, Pence 4th, JRoll 5th, Wigs 6th. I took a stab at lineups factoring in platoon splits here: http://www.thegoodphight.com/2012/4/9/2935630/phillies-platoon-splits-and-lineup-construction

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      I’m pretty sure that JMJ is out of options, so sending him down requires getting him through waivers. The way he’s played, he may actually clear waivers.

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