Game 29: Another Vance party

Vance Worley will make his second start of the season tonight against the Nationals. (Matt Slocum/AP)

No surprise here: Charlie Manuel will stick with his revamped lineup for a second day in a row against Washington. Yes, the Phillies did score four runs with the new lineup. But they had 12 hits, seven walks and left 12 on base.

"At least we had guys on," Manuel said afterward.


They will face Jason Marquis, a pitcher with whom they are very familiar. Marquis started 13 games for the Nationals in 2010. Five of them were against the Phillies.

In 19 2/3 innings, the righthander allowed 20 earned runs for a 9.15 ERA. Yeah, that's not good. He also walked 11 against 11 strikeouts, so patience will be key again Wednesday. None of those seven walks issued Tuesday resulted in runs. That would be hard to repeat.


Vance Worley takes the mound for the Phillies in his second start of 2011. He will face one close friend in Danny Espinosa, who attended Long Beach State with Worley.

Worley said the one thing he would like to improve from start to start is his breaking ball.

"I'd like to have one that works," Worley said.

The main issue was release point, the 23-year-old pitcher said. Both his curveball and slider were affected by it. So look for that early.


The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Brian Schneider 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Vance Worley 1

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