Worley pitched well for the third time in his last four starts, with the only damage coming on a solo home run by Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter in the fourth inning. That was enough to keep him from a win, as the Cardinals managed to hold the Pirates scoreless until a Jung Ho Kang ninth-inning home run tied the game.
"This was my first time [throwing to] Stewart for more than one batter, and we had a good talk before we went out to play catch," Worley said. "We had a good game plan. We knew that against this lineup, we had to mix it up and not be predictable."
Worley owns a 3.90 ERA and 23:10 K:BB ratio in 30 innings. He'll square off with the Cardinals again Saturday, this time at home.
Worley's issues came in the third inning with two outs. After walking Dexter Fowler, Worley allowed a single to Jorge Soler to put two on for Anthony Rizzo, who double to center field, bringing home a run. Kris Bryant then ripped an RBI single to center to score two more runs.
Then in the fifth, Bryant came through again with a single to center to bring home another run.
"After the two-out walk, Vance wasn't able to execute pitches he’s been able to execute throughout the young season so far," manager Clint Hurdle said per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "All in all, It's not a bad outing by any means."
Worley, now 2-2, ballooned his ERA to 4.50. He will look to get back on track Sunday against the Cardinals.
"I kept the runs off the board and I had good defense working behind me," Worley said after the game, per MLB.com. "Me and Francisco Cervelli have been getting on the right page with each other and going right after guys."
Worley worked efficiently throughout his start, with only one blemish in the fourth inning. After allowing a Kris Bryant double to lead off the inning, he was able to advance to third on a throwing error. Then Starlin Castro grounded out to third, but allowed Bryant to score.
"He is a tough, tough guy, and he's got a lot of fight and a lot of competitive spirit," manager Clint Hurdle said. "And he doesn't back down and he doesn't back away."
Worley, now 2-1 on the year, boasts a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the Cubs again.
After getting roughed up in his last start,
"They were aggressive up there and I made sure I kept them more off balance," Worley said, reports the Boston Herald. "And when they started looking to hit the pitches I was throwing, I went back to what I used to do."
Over the six innings, Worley threw 93 pitches and gave up two runs and six hits. He walked four batters (two intentional) and struck out six to earn his first win of season. Worley is now 1-1 with a 5.84 ERA.
"We're all playing as hard as we can out there," Worley said. "We know it's early. Spring training was long but we've got some new guys here, we're all still learning each other and I think as the season progresses we'll only get better."
His next expected start will be Thursday against the Cubs.
Worley, who also added four strikeouts and two walks to his totals, was touched for two runs in the second inning before Jean Segura ripped a two-run home run to left in the fourth. He begins the year with an 8.53 ERA.
Worley will look to get back on track Friday when he faces the Brewers again.
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