Rookie Pitching In

Vance, a 23-year-old rookie right-hander with a fan club dubbed “Worley’s Warriors”, has stepped right into the talented starting rotation and hasn’t skipped a beat.  He won his second straight last night, allowing one run in six innings.  That run came in the sixth and ended a scoreless streak of 21 innings, dating back to the end of last season.

Pretty impressive scoreless streak but it pales in comparison to the Phillies record for a rookie, 41.2 innings. Who was that man?  Grover Cleveland Alexander and the year was 1911.

Elias Sports Bureau
Worley is the first Phillies rookie pitcher to win each of his first two starts of a season while pitching at least six innings and allowing one-or-fewer run in each start since Marty Bystrom in 1980.

Phil-Ins
Phillies record after 30 games a year ago, 18-12 . . . Since his 0-for-35, Raul has gone 5-for-7 in his last two games . . . Phillies are 8-2 with Schneider behind the plate . . . Stairs got his 100th career pinch hit.

This Date In Phillies History
1938 : RHP Hal Kelleher faced 16 batters in the sixth inning as the Cubs scored 12 runs in Chicago. Both marks are N.L. records off one hurler in a single inning. The Cubs won, 21-2. The loss went to Wayne LaMaster, who threw just three pitches to the leadoff hitter before leaving the game with an injury.

After the game, Kelleher was released, ending a four-year career with the Phillies

What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.

“I probably would have been a high school basketball coach,” LHP Jim Kaat (1976-79).

Down On The Farm
Wednesday was bus day for both Lehigh Valley (headed for Columbus, OH) and Lakewood (Charleston, SC) . . . Reading was rained out . . . LF Leandro Castro drove in the winning run with a single in the top of the 14th as Clearwater won its fifth straight, 3-2, in Lakeland.  RHS Jonathan Pettibone allowed two first inning runs before he and five others pitched 13 scoreless innings.  RHR Justin Friend posted his 10th save in 10 opportunities.

Note from the BlueClaws blog
J. C. Romero threw one inning at Lakewood on Tuesday in a rehab assignment.  He walked one batter, Cory Vaughn, son of ex-big leaguer Greg Vaughn. “I faced his daddy and I guess I got his daddy out, but I couldn’t get his son,” Romero chuckled. “That’s crazy.”

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