Phillies-Diamondbacks Preview

While the Philadelphia Phillies’ Vance Worley may not be as

recognizable a name as some of the other pitchers on his team, he

was every bit as dominant during his last start.

Worley, however, could have his hands full with an Arizona

Diamondbacks club coming off its best offensive display of the

young season.

With their bats seemingly back on track, the Diamondbacks try

for a seventh win in nine home meetings with the Phillies as the

teams continue a three-game set Tuesday night.

Worley (1-1, 2.37 ERA), who went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a

rookie in 2011, seems to have picked up where he left off. The

24-year-old right-hander has been especially good on the road,

allowing one run in 13 innings over two starts.

“His confidence level is big,” manager Charlie Manuel told the

Phillies’ official website. “He can definitely rebound when he gets

in jams. He can turn it up.”

Worley was at his best in Thursday’s 2-0 win at San Diego,

striking out a career-high 11 over seven innings of four-hit


“It just happened (Thursday),” Worley said of the strikeouts. “I

definitely don’t try to strike guys out. (Thursday) they were just

swinging and missing. I don’t know how many punchouts looking there

were, but there were a handful.”

A repeat performance could be hard to come by against the

Diamondbacks (9-8), who after hitting .196 over their previous six

games, collected a season-high 16 hits and posted their highest run

total of the year during Monday’s 9-5 win.

After being slowed by a jammed left thumb, Justin Upton looked

like his old self again, going 2 for 3 with his first homer, two

runs scored and two RBIs.

“I’m starting to feel better,” Upton said. “The doc kind of gave

me the go-ahead that it’s not going to get any worse, so I’ll just

play through it. It’s been good so far … Now I’m able to really

get in the cage and get some work in and it’s kind of paying


Upton is batting .348 with three homers in 14 career home games

against the Phillies (7-10).

Sitting last in the NL East after winning the last five division

titles, Philadelphia struggled against Diamondbacks starter Wade

Miley and was held scoreless through eight innings Monday before

putting together a five-run ninth. Shane Victorino hit a three-run

homer and Carlos Ruiz connected on a solo shot.

“Let’s look at the positive,” Victorino said. “Let’s look at

never giving up, putting up a fight that last inning. Getting five

runs is a positive thing to look at.”

The Phillies appear to have a favorable matchup Tuesday against

Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22), who continues to stick in Arizona’s

rotation despite fan clamor for top prospect Trevor Bauer.

After surrendering 11 runs in just seven innings over his first

two starts, Collmenter allowed four in 5 1-3 frames of Thursday’s

10-2 loss to Atlanta. The soft-tossing right-hander threw a

season-high 98 pitches.

“I got back to what I was doing,” he told the Diamondbacks’

official website. “I finally felt really comfortable on the mound.

I felt like I was throwing the ball like I always had, not forcing

anything. I was throwing it, not trying to guide it. I’ll continue

to work on it through my bullpen and on to the next start.”

In his only start against Philadelphia, Collmenter gave up two

runs, eight hits and struck out a career-high eight over 6 2-3

innings of a 3-2 road win Aug. 16.