Philadelphia’s Vance Worley was stellar in his first career
start against San Francisco last week. The rookie right-hander
hopes to be just as effective when he faces the Giants near his
hometown this time.
The Sacramento native looks to help the Phillies to a
season-high eighth consecutive victory Friday night against the
Giants at AT&T Park.
After Cliff Lee tossed a seven-hitter in Philadelphia’s 3-0 win
over San Francisco on Thursday, Worley (7-1, 2.33 ERA) looks to
continue his recent success while pitching less than two hours from
where he was born and raised.
Worley is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts – all Philadelphia
wins – since losing to the Mets on May 29. However, the
right-hander is coming off his worst performance in that span,
giving up four runs and seven hits in six innings of a 6-5,
10-inning win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
That came one start after he tossed his first complete game by
holding San Francisco to three hits in a 7-2 win July 26.
“He has good stuff,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He throws
quality strikes, pounds the strike zone.”
Lee had great stuff while striking out eight to put the
NL-leading Phillies (72-39) in position to win eight straight for
the first time since an 11-game run Sept. 12-24. Philadelphia has
won just five times in 14 regular-season and playoff games at
“We just want to win every series,” Lee said. “Getting the first
game means you’re in better shape. We want to stay in a groove and
Hunter Pence had three hits Thursday, including the first of
back-to-back homers with John Mayberry in the second inning. Pence
is batting .360 with five RBIs in six games since the Phillies
acquired him from Houston last Friday.
“He has come in and fit in nicely,” teammate Ryan Howard said.
“He gives us energy and intensity. He’s been great for our
While Philadelphia has won 13 of 16 to open an 8 1/2-game lead
in the East, San Francisco (62-50) has averaged 2.3 runs while
dropping six of seven and is clinging to a half-game edge over
Arizona in the West.
The Giants were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position
Thursday and are batting .176 in those situations over the past 14
“(Thursday we) battled well and got some guys on base,” Bochy
said. “We just couldn’t get a hit to drive in somebody.”
Carlos Beltran doubled in the opener and is batting .400 in the
past five games after going 1 for 14 in his first three after being
acquired from the Mets. He’s 9 for 43 (.209) against the Phillies
Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81) looks to help the Giants bounce
back Friday as he returns after missing six weeks with tendinitis
in his left biceps. Sanchez last pitched in the majors June 24 and
hasn’t started anywhere since going six innings for Triple-A Fresno
on July 27 as he allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks.
The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in five regular-season
starts against the Phillies but went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two NL
championship series starts in 2010. Sanchez started the Giants’
Game 6 clincher at Philadelphia and hit Chase Utley in the back,
prompting the Phillies second baseman to flip his bat toward the
mound and causing the benches to empty.
Pence is 1 for 6 versus Sanchez.