Phillies 2, Red Sox 1
Game 81 - Wednesday Night, June 29th in Philadelphia
One Sentence Summary: The pitching trio of Vance Worley, Michael Stutes and Antonio Bastardo shut down the Sox, Raul Ibanez suddently remembered how to hit and the Phillies took Game 2, 2-1.
What It Means: Seriously - Worley to Stutes to Bastardo? Who would have thought that trio would be a crucial part of the Phillies pitching staff at the mathematical half-way point of the season? The Phillies are now 51-30 and they'll go for the sweep of the Sox tomorrow afternoon behind Cole Hamels. I've been able to stick to the unwinding portion of my plan to unplug and unwind this week, but these games have been too enjoyable to completely unplug. Enjoyable for a Phillies fan, at least.
What Went Right: Worley (3-1) pitched seven strong innings allowing just an RBI-double to Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (5-7). He handed the ball over to Stutes, who pitched a perfect eighth and then Bastardo, who pitched a perfect ninth for his third save of the season.
Ibanez went 3 for 3 and fell a triple short of the cycle. He knocked in the first run with an RBI-single in the second and he broke the one-all tie with a solo home run in the seventh. It was his ninth home run and his first in the month of June.
Featured Card: To date, Worley has only been featured in the 2011 Topps Heritage set and the 2010 Bowman Draft Picks set. A few more performances like the one he turned in tonight and he should start popping up in many more releases.