Pirates 8, Phillies 2
Game 86 - Friday Afternoon, July 4th in Pittsburgh
Record - 37-49
One Sentence Summary: Roberto Hernandez spotted the Pirates a four-run lead in the first and the Phillies never came close to recovering in an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.
What It Means: Something's got to give sooner or later, right?
What Happened: Hernandez was awful in the first, barely escaping with only the four runs allowed. The offense, in a complete and total show of their futility, managed two singles against Pirates pitching.
Featured Card: In a sign that the game was completely under control by the Pirates, former Phillie and current Pirates starting pitcher Vance Worley pinch-hit for reliever Justin Wilson in the seventh inning. Worley grounded out to third. Worley was traded to the Twins in December 2012 for Ben Revere, and he struggled mightily in the American League, going 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts last season.
The Pirates purchased Worley from the Twins in late March and in four starts so far this season he's 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA. On Thursday, he took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning in his start against the Diamondbacks. I believe I added this 2012 Topps Tier One autograph card of Worley's after he had already left town. The way the Phillies starting pitching has been recently, I kind of wish he'd come back.
Transaction: Prior to the game, Domonic Brown rejoined the team after spending two games on the paternity-leave list. Aaron Altherr was optioned back to Double-A Reading.