Phillies' Worley shelled against Twins
Starter Vance Worley allowed five earned runs on 11 hits in four innings as the Phillies fell to the Twins, 11-7.
The Phillies went into Wednesday's spring training game against the Twins with a plan to give pitcher Vance Worley a chance to throw around 90 pitches. But the plan wasn't to have him do it by the end of the fourth inning.
Bad defense by Philadelphia combined with solid hitting by Minnesota doomed Worley and the Phillies, as they fell behind 11-1 before eventually losing to the Twins, 11-7.
Only five of the runs given up by Worley were earned, with six more crossing the plate due to a pair of Phillies errors.
Minnesota wasted no time getting to work offensively, getting two runs in the bottom of the first and second innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The Phillies' bats showed signs of life in the third, when a Jimmy Rollins single plated starting left fielder Luis Montanez. Philadelphia loaded the bases later in the inning, but Hunter Pence struck out looking and Ty Wigginton grounded out to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fourth, it was more of the same for the Twins' offense and the Phillies' defense, as Minnesota plated seven runs to blow the game wide open.
Of the seven runs scored by the Twins in the bottom of the fourth, just two were earned.
Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel stuck with Worley through the fourth, before replacing him with Raul Valdes for the fifth.
Worley gave up 11 runs on 11 hits while striking out three to fall to 1-3 in spring ball. He surrendered two home runs, one to Morneau in the first inning and another to Luke Hughes in the fifth.
Francisco Liriano allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out three to earn his second win of the spring for the Twins.
Rollins finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two singles, a run and an RBI.
In the fifth inning, Rollins reached on a base hit and then advanced to second on a passed ball. Carlos Ruiz ripped a double into the left field corner that easily plated Rollins.
The double raised Ruiz' spring training batting average to .472 (17-for-36) and was also his sixth extra-base hit.
In the seventh inning, both managers substituted liberally and the Phillies' farm hands took advantage, scoring three in the top of the inning to cut the lead to 11-5.
Philadelphia also added a run in the eighth and a home run in the ninth from Hector Luna to draw to 11-7.
For the game, the Phillies actually out-hit the Twins 15-14, but Philadelphia left 10 runners stranded.