Tyler Cloyd got hammered last night, allowing seven runs and getting pulled before getting an out in the second inning. The Phils fell to Atlanta 7-1.
After the game, Cloyd was quoted as saying, “It was just bad.” That pretty much wraps things up better than I ever could. It sort of gave the impression that the people who have to talk about the Phillies and their frustrating year were out of words and out of ideas. Like maybe the one idea they had left was to get back to basics and start over again with something simple enough for everyone to understand.
The game truly was just bad. But a lot of things have been just bad for the Phillies this year.
The offense has scored five runs in the last four games. They were quiet again last night and Cloyd himself drove in the only run the Phillies would score.
It wasn’t really a glass-is-half-full kind of night. If you’re looking for positives, and I know you are, five relievers combined to throw seven shutout innings after Cloyd got shelled. If you’re ever granted a magical power to will your team to excellence in an area of your choosing, you probably don’t want to go with bullpen performance on the days your starter allows seven runs in an inning.
The Phillies are 72-87 on the year after losing 7-1 to the Atlanta Braves last night. They have lost seven of eight and are in fourth place in the NL East.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went one inning, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Five of the hits went for extra-bases, four doubles and a home run. He struck out two.
Just a miserable night for Cloyd, whose ERA for the year is at 6.37 after 12 appearances, 11 of which have been starts. Opponents are hitting .324 against him for the year with an isolated power of .210. Righties are slugging .589 against the righty. His numbers in the minors in 2013 didn’t match his outstanding year in 2012. This season he made 19 starts at Triple-A in which he threw to a 4.71 ERA.
He allowed five runs in the bottom of the first on a solo home run to Jason Heyward, three singles and two doubles.
It just wasn’t pretty. Heyward got it started by hammering Cloyd’s first pitch of the game out to right center and it went from there.
Cloyd started the second down 5-1 and faced four batters, allowing two doubles and two walks. Mauricio Robles took over for him with nobody out, men on second and third and the Phils down 7-1. Robles walked the first man he faced in the frame to load the bases, but got the next three hitters to keep Atlanta from adding to their lead.
Robles pitched the third and the fourth for the Phils, keeping Atlanta off the board in each of the frames. He allowed a double and a single in the third, but got Evan Gattis to ground to third with men on second and third to end that inning. Robles walked Gerald Laird to start the fourth, but got the next three Braves in order.
Three scoreless innings for Robles in which he allows a single, a double and walks two. In three appearances for the year he’s thrown to a 1.93 ERA with a 2.14 ratio. He’s allowed seven hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings and two of the three runs he’s allowed have been unearned.
Savery pitched the fifth. He allowed a one-out double to Heyward and walked Freddie Freeman with two outs, but retired Gattis on a ground ball to second to leave the runners stranded.
Savery has a 3.32 ERA on the year after 17 appearances and 19 innings, but he has walked 11 in his 19 innings and four of the 11 runs he’s allowed have been unearned. Lefties are 8-for-20 (.400) against the lefty with two walks and a 1.035 OPS after Heyward doubled and Freeman walked last night (they both hit left-handed, you see).
De Fratus threw a 1-2-3 sixth to drop his ERA on the year to 3.91. He hasn’t been charged with a run in eight innings over his last nine appearances. Opponents are hitting .260 against him, but have drawn 23 walks in 46 innings. He’s only walked two over 7 2/3 innings in his last eight appearances.
Ramirez pitched the seventh. He allowed a two-out single to Heyward that was followed by a walk by Elliot Johnson. Ramirez got Freeman swinging to leave the runners on first and second.
Rosenberg set the Braves down in order in the eighth. He came into the game having allowed six runs in three innings over his last four appearances. He’s walked nine in 18 2/3 innings for the year and hasn’t allowed a home run. 4.82 ERA with a 1.45 ratio for the season.
Seven shutout innings for the pen in which they allowed four hits and four walks while striking out eight. Robles threw 66 pitches in the game, which seems like it could impact his short-term availability. The good news is I’d set the over/under on human beings currently aware that Mauricio Robles is on the active roster for the Phillies at about six and a half. The nice night for the pen kinda begs the question what it would take to change the perception that the bullpen is 1) miserable and 2) likely to be miserable for a long time. I don’t know the answer on that one. I think it’s a lot, though. And even if we could make it past the perception, there’s still reality to deal with.
The Phillie lineup against rookie righty David Hale went (1) Hernandez (2) Rollins (3) Brown (4) Ruf (5) Frandsen (6) Asche (7) Kratz (8) Galvis. Utley on the bench with Galvis at second. Frandsen plays first and hits fifth against the righty. He comes into the game with a 195/239/290 line against right-handed pitching for the season and a history of not being a first baseman.
Hernandez reached on an error by Johnson at second to start the game and moved up to second when Rollins followed with a single to left. Brown, Ruf and Frandsen went down in order to keep the Phils off the board.
No run for the Phillies after putting runners on first and second with nobody out with the help of the error. Brown flew to left, Ruf lined to short and Frandsen grounded to third.
The Phillies were down 5-0 when they hit in the second. Asche and Kratz started the frame with back-to-back singles that put men on first and second with nobody down for Galvis. Galvis grounded softly to the pitcher for the first out with the runners moving up to second and third. Cloyd was next and hit a ground ball to third. Up by five runs, the Braves took the out at first and everyone moved up a base with Asche scoring. 5-1 with two down and Kratz on third for Hernandez. Hernandez grounded to second to end the frame.
Cloyd gets the only RBI of the game. Did a nice job to put the ball in play in a situation where putting the ball in play means a run. First career RBI.
The Phils were down 7-1 when Rollins started the third with a double to right. The Phillies went in order behind him.
Second time in the game the Phillies can’t bring the runner home after putting him on second early in the frame. No run in the first after putting men on first and second with nobody out. No run in the third after putting a man on second with nobody out.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Singles by Orr and Rollins in the fifth gave the Phils men on first and second with one out. Brown struck out swinging for the second out and Ruf struck out swinging for the third.
Kratz doubled with two outs in the sixth. Galvis popped to short to leave him at second.
With lefty Alex Wood on the mound to start the seventh, Mayberry hit for De Fratus and singled to left, but was picked off of first for the first out. Hernandez and Rollins went down behind him.
Frandsen singled to left off of righty Luis Ayala with two outs in the eighth. Asche grounded out on a ball handled by Ayala to end the inning.
Lefty Luis Avilan set the Phils down without a peep in the ninth.
Hernandez was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and made an error in center in the five-run first inning. He’s 3-for-his-last-28 (.107) with a walk and a double. Baseball-Reference calculated dWAR of -0.3, which is notable because he’s only played 165 1/3 innings of defense for the Phillies this season. FanGraphs has his UZR/150 in center at -23.2.
Rollins 3-for-4 with a double. Did his best to get things going for the Phils in the first and again in the third. 362/431/534 over his last 65 plate appearances.
Brown 0-for-4 with a strikeout and left five men on base. 2-for-his-last-11 with a walk. 6-for-his-last-23 with six singles.
Ruf was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and also left five men on base. 227/342/351 over his last 117 plate appearances.
Frandsen 1-for-4. 5-for-his-last-28 (.179) with a double.
Asche 1-for-4. 2-for-his-last-20 (.100) with two walks and a double. 170/286/264 over his last 63 plate appearances.
Kratz was 2-for-4 with a double. 152/211/227 over his last 71 plate appearances.
Galvis 0-for-4. He’s 3-for-his-last-16 (.188). One walk in his last 60 plate appearances.
Lee (14-7, 2.93) starts tonight against righty Kris Medlen (14-12, 3.24) Lee has gone at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and walked one batter in 31 innings while striking out 41. Medlen hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts, throwing to a 1.03 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in those outings and striking out 32 in 35 innings.