Former McClatchy High baseball star Vance Worley is making an impact with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Worley, a 23 year-old right-hander, pitched six innings, allowed four hits and one run and picked up the win in a 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia Wednesday night.
He also had a fifth-inning single that contributed to a three-run fifth inning to break the game open.
Worley has taken Joe Blanton's spot on the roster after Blanton was put on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.
In his two starts, both wins, Worley has allowed one run in 12 innings while walking four and striking out 12.
He's already drawing a following.
Some Phillies fans have started calling themselves "Worley's Warriors."
It isn't Worley's first stint with the Phillies, viewed as having the best starting pitching staff in baseball.
Worley went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in five games last year.
However, Worley isn't expected to stay with the Phillies long. Blanton was scheduled to throw off the mound today and if he's ready, the speculation is that Worley will return to Triple-A for more seasoning.
As a senior at McClatchy in 2005, Worley batted .388 and was 4-3 with a 1.71 earned run average in landing Bee All-Metro first-team honors.
- Bill Paterson