Soft-throwing Tyler Cloyd has more than a few doubters he’s going to have to convince if he’s going to stick around in the Phillies rotation. So far, so good. After a decent start against the Mets in his first outing, Cloyd was fantastic yesterday, outpitching Johnny Cueto and holding the Reds to a run on four hits over seven innings as the Phillies topped the Reds 4-2.
Cloyd gave up a solo home run to Jay Bruce in the bottom of the third, putting the Phillies in an early 1-0 hole. Lerud and Cloyd singled back-to-back with two outs in the top of the fifth, though, giving Rollins an unexpected chance and Rollins hit a three-run homer to right, putting the Phils up 3-1. Mayberry extended the lead to 4-1 with a solo homer of his own in the sixth. Justin De Fratus made his first appearance with the team in a scoreless frame in the bottom of the eighth. Phillippe Aumont allowed a run on two hits in the bottom of the ninth, but still managed to nail down his first career save.
Cloyd struck out nine Reds in the game, throwing mostly in the mid-80s. After two starts he has a 2.77 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings. Righties have hit .167 against him.
The Phillies are 65-70 on the year after beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 yesterday. The Phils are 8-3 in their last 11 games.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and no walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out nine.
He set the Reds down in order in the bottom of the first.
Cloyd struck Ryan Ludwick out for the first out in the bottom of the second. Jay Bruce was next and Cloyd’s 1-0 pitch to the lefty was in the middle of the plate. Bruce hammered it out to right, putting the Reds up 1-0. Cloyd struck Todd Frazier out for the second out and got Scott Rolen on a fly ball to center for the third.
Two strikeouts in the frame for Cloyd around the long ball for Bruce.
He struck out the pitcher Johnny Cueto and Zack Cozart in a 1-2-3 third.
Ludwick doubled with two outs in the fourth and the Reds still up 1-0. Cloyd struck Bruce out swinging 1-2 to leave Ludwick on second.
The Phillies led 3-1 when Cloyd started the fifth. Frazier led off with a single, but Cloyd struck Rolen out swinging for the first out. Ryan Hanigan went down on a popout handled by Lerud in foul territory for the second out. Cueto struck out swinging to leave Frazier at first.
Up 4-1, Cloyd threw a 1-2-3 sixth.
Ludwick reached on an infield single to start the seventh. Cloyd struck Bruce out swinging for the first and Frazier looking for the second. Rolen hit the ball well to left, but Nix took it on the warning track to end the inning.
Justin De Fratus started the eighth, making his first appearance of the year. He got Hanigan on a ground ball to short for the first out. Righty Denis Phipps hit for the pitcher JJ Hoover and De Fratus walked him, but Cozart was next and De Fratus got him to ground to third and the Phillies turned the double-play to end to turn the Reds away.
De Fratus gets it done against the bottom of the Cincinnati order in his first chance of the year. He was very good in the minors this season, throwing to a 2.10 ERA with an 0.82 ratio in 25 2/3 innings, mostly at Triple-A.
Aumont started the ninth inning looking for the first save of his career. Drew Stubbs led off and grounded to Utley for the first out, but Brandon Phillips followed that with a single to center. Ludwick was next and hit a ball in the hole between third and short. Rollins made a nice play, moving to his right to field the ball, then jumping and throwing to second to nip Phillips for the second out. It brought Bruce to the plate with two down and Ludwick at first before Ludwick took second without a throw. Aumont got ahead of Bruce 1-2, but Bruce hit a 2-2 pitch back up the middle and into center for a single. Ludwick scored and it was 4-2. It brought Frazier to the plate as the tying run. Aumont got ahead of him 0-2 and then threw three straight balls. Frazier chopped a 3-2 pitch on the third base side of the mound and Aumont made a nice play to get to the ball and throwing strong to first to get Frazier and end the game.
Aumont gets the call for the save after 20 miserable pitches for Papelbon on Sunday against the Braves. The run Aumont allowed was the first he has been charged with in four appearances with the Phils.
Two innings for the bullpen in which they allow a run on two hits and a walk. Aumont threw 25 pitches in the game and De Fratus 13.
The Phillies lineup against righty Johnny Cueto went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Brown (7) Frandsen (8) Lerud. Brown returns to the lineup to start in the right, making his first start since August 28. Lerud gets career start number two behind the plate.
Pierre singled with one out in the top of the first, but Utley grounded out behind him for the second out and Howard struck out swinging for the third.
Frandsen singled with two outs in the second, but Lerud grounded to short to set the Phillies down.
Brown hit the ball hard in the inning, but Cozart made a nice play at short for the second out.
Down 1-0, the Phillies went in order in the third.
Mayberry struck out as the Phils went in order in the fourth.
Lerud and Cloyd singled back-to-back with two outs in the fifth. It brought Rollins to the plate and he hit the first pitch from Cueto out to right-center for a three-run homer, putting the Phils up 3-1. Pierre singled, but was left on first when Utley flew to left for the third out.
Back-to-back two-out singles from Lerud and Cloyd give Rollins an unexpected chance to hit in the frame. Home run number 17 on the year for Rollins.
With one out in the sixth, Mayberry hit an 0-1 pitch out to left. 4-1. Brown lined softly to second for the second out before Frandsen singled again. Lerud grounded to first to end the frame.
Cueto set the Phillies down in order in the seventh.
JJ Hoover struck out Mayberry in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Righty Logan Ondrusek set Brown, Frandsen and Lerud in order in the ninth.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer. 6-for-13 with two home runs so far in September. He has 16 home runs in his last 373 plate appearances.
Pierre 2-for-4. He’s 6-for-his-last-30 with six singles.
Utley was 0-for-4 to drop his average for the year to .242. He’s 3-for-his-last-23 (.130).
Howard 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 5-for-his-last-33 (.152).
Mayberry was 1-for-4 with his 14th home run. 306/355/523 in his 121 plate appearances since Pence and Victorino were traded. 10-for-his-last-21 (.476).
Brown 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup. He’s 0-for-his-last-15.
Frandsen 2-for-4. 9-for-his-last-22. His isolated power for the year of .064 is a little better than Pierre’s (.062) but not as good as Polanco’s (.070).
Lerud 1-for-4 with a big single ahead of the Rollins homer. 2-for-8 on the year.
Kendrick (8-9, 4.01) faces righty Mat Latos (11-4, 3.79) tonight. Kendrick has a 2.09 ERA in his 14 appearances since the end of June, seven of which have been starts. 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA over his last four starts. Latos threw to a 4.77 ERA in his first 15 starts of the year. Over his last 17 outings, he’s thrown to a 2.70 ERA and opponents have hit .208 against him.