Phillies 1, Marlins 0
Pitching expectations for the Philadelphia Phillies are pretty
high, which is why Vance Worley found himself heading back to the
minors after he threw seven shutout innings Monday night.
Worley helped beat the Florida Marlins 1-0. But the Phillies
have no room in their rotation for the right-hander over the next
10 days, so after the game he was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh
The move was made because the Phillies have an off day Thursday.
Plans are for Worley to make one start in the minors and rejoin the
Phillies after the All-Star break.
”We want him to keep pitching,” assistant general manager
Scott Proefrock said. ”This way he’ll take his normal start
Said Worley before learning of the move: ”Whatever they need me
to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Worley (4-1) allowed only two hits – both singles – and walked
two while lowering his ERA to 2.21 in 10 games this season. His ERA
is 0.69 in four starts since he was recalled from Lehigh Valley in
”He’s aggressive,” manager Charlie Manuel. ”He stays focused,
keeps a level head, doesn’t panic. .I’ve seen him get hit a couple
of times, and he handled it pretty good.”
But on a staff that includes three All-Stars, the Phillies can
afford to be without Worley until late next week. He’s expected to
start during the Mets series July 15-17.
Antonio Bastardo pitched a hitless ninth for his fifth save in
as many chances to complete a two-hitter for the Phillies, who lead
the majors with 13 shutouts. They seem to pitch especially well in
Miami, where they’ve won 20 of their past 24 games thanks to an ERA
Michael Martinez, playing for an injured Shane Victorino, earned
his fifth RBI of the year with a single to drive home the only run.
A sliding Domonic Brown barely beat the throw home, although a TV
replay appeared to show he was tagged out before touching the
”That’s where maybe we need replays,” Florida manager Jack
By the Marlins’ tabulation, there were two blown rulings on the
bases, a pair of unwarranted ejections and a bunch of dubious
”The umpires didn’t blow the game,” McKeon said, ”even though
they missed quite a few plays.”
He contended the umps were too hasty with the ejections.
”We all make mistakes, and we all boot them,” McKeon said.
”But to run guys out of the game … it used to be you fined the
guy $100. Now they’re all macho and going to throw you out if you
look at them.”
Third baseman Emilio Bonifacio was tossed for throwing his
helmet after being called out on a play at first base in the fifth
inning. Buck was thrown out when he protested after Brown walked on
a 3-2 pitch in the ninth.
Buck and McKeon said plate umpire Kerwin Danley’s strike zone
was inconsistent all night.
”It made a difference in the game,” Buck said, who added the
disputed ball-strike calls came at pivotal moments. ”Pretty big
at-bats, runners on and stuff. I just didn’t agree.”
The Marlins arrived home at 5 a.m. after a nine-game trip, and
their batters looked weary. Their last hit came in the third
inning, and Florida lost for the 15th time in its past 16 games
decided by one run.
Ricky Nolasco (5-5) blanked the Phillies until the seventh.
Brown led off the inning with an infield hit, advanced on a walk to
Brian Schneider and scored on Martinez’s single despite a strong
throw home by center fielder Bryan Petersen.
”I thought I got in there under the tag,” Brown said. ”But it
was a very close play.”
Martinez started in center for Victorino, who wore a protective
sleeve on his right hand to protect a swollen thumb he injured
Sunday. He said he hopes to play Tuesday.
NOTES: Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was grinning after he
helped retire Worley on a dazzling 6-4-3 putout in the third. When
Ramirez dove for a grounder, the ball caromed off his glove. Omar
Infante snared it barehanded and threw for the out. … Florida
slugger Mike Stanton has gone 75 at-bats without a homer. …
Worley improved to 4-0 in nine career night games.