Phillies-M's game notes: Worley vs. Hernandez


Saturday, June 18, 2011
Posted: 3:01 p.m.

Phillies (44-27) vs. Mariners (36-34), 10:10 p.m. on CSN

Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Vance Worley (2-1, 3.75) will start in his first game since returning from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Worley was sent down after allowing eight runs off of 12 hits against the Mets on May 29. The young Phillies pitcher went 2-0 in three starts with Lehigh.

Mariners: 2010 AL Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez (7-5, 3.30) will get his first start against the Phillies. Hernandez has struggled lately allowing five walks in two of his last four starts.

"Walks have been killing me," Hernandez said. "I've been throwing a lot of walks in the last couple games so I've just got to figure it out, get ahead of the hitters and make good pitches."

Previous games
The Phillies offense was baffled by rookie Michael Pineda, losing Friday's opener 4-2. Shane Victorino posted the Phillies' first hit in the sixth inning. Chase Utley followed with an RBI single.

The Phillies are 1-6 all-time against the Mariners. Prior to this series, they have not faced them since dropping two of three at Safeco Field in 2005.

Whos hot?
Chase Utley has nine hits, including four doubles, a triple and two homers, in his last six games. He has nine RBIs over that stretch.

Ichiro Suzuki finished with three hits for his sixth straight multi-hit game. Suzuki has raised his average 23 points to .275 during this stretch.

Worleylooking to establish himself in the starting rotation against Felix Hernandez is no small task. The Phillies offensive roller coaster always merits attention.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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