Friday, August 19, 2011

Worley looks good before rain, Phils take series

Thunder and rain couldn't prevent the Phils from ending the Diamondbacks' impressive road winning streak. The last time Arizona dropped two of three on the road came in Oakland back on July 3.

Starters Vance Worley and Ian Kennedy would only last three innings due to a rain delay of nearly two and a half hours. But it was Worley pitching like a 15 game winner; and the Phils' bats finally getting to Kennedy

The Phils lead 3-0 in the delay, on the strength of John Mayberry Jr's tenth home run of the year, a two-run bullet off the left field foul pole. Doubles from Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez accounted for the Fightins' other run.

They'd go on to win 4-1 just before Midnight, taking two of three from the D-Backs, coming up a Roy Halladay blown lead in the ninth short of a sweep.

David Herndon pitched great in relief, earning his first victory of the season. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out four.

Kennedy picked up just his fourth loss of the year, while Worley allowed just one hit with two strikeouts over his three innings of work.

Paul Goldschmidt slugged his second homer in as many games for Arizona, hitting a solo shot to dead center off Michael Stutes.

The win brings the Phillies to a league best 80-42. They'll head to Washington for a weekend series against the Nats.

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