Did anyone ever wonder what would happen to Vance Worley if he didn’t get that comeback sinker on the inside part of the plate? If so, your question was answered today. Worley’s final line over six innings was eleven hits, five runs (two on home runs) and two walks. He entered the fifth inning with a 1-0 lead, stranding a crap ton of baserunners and battling to keep his team in the game.
Here are some more questions: Who would you least like to watch beat the Phillies with a home run? If you picked Bryce Harper (this kid is my personal selection) you would be happy to know that he ended the day 0-4 with five men left on base with the most terrible haircut that I have ever seen on a millionaire. I am including Donald Trump in the previously stated group of haircuts…..it is that bad everyone. If you picked Jayson Werth, who’s struggles with men in scoring position date back to his days as a Phillie, you may begin punching/throwing your computer out the window. Werth smacked a three run home run into the left field bleachers on a fastball that Worley did not get far enough inside.
I know this because Chris Wheeler told me that about three hundred times. It is a ton easier to take Wheels when the Phillies win 102 games. It didn’t get too much better for Vance after that as the Nationals scored another run in the inning and he allowed a home run to Ian Desmond before being removed from the game. Again, Vance becomes extremely average without being given the inside corner.
Gio Gonzalez shut the Phillies down. They couldn’t string more than one hit together against the right hander, who has been nothing short of spectacular thus far this season. Personally, I don’t like the fact that he can’t completely close his mouth, but as far as his ability to pitch, I suppose it can not be called into question based on trifiling personal appearnace. Gonzalez went seven innings, allowing four hits (remarkably they were all doubles) and struck out seven. The only run he allowed was on a sac fly from Carlos Ruiz.
All in all it was a pretty upsetting display from the Phillies. Hopefully Hamels can salvage the series.