Tyler Cloyd debuted with the Phillies last night and pitched well after a rocky start, but the Phils didn’t hit and fell 3-2 to the Mets.
Cloyd allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in the first three innings of the game. He was strong after that, though, setting New York down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth. He allowed a one-out single in the sixth, but the Mets gave him the second out of the frame on a bunt and he struck out Ruben Tejada to end the frame. The bullpen took over in the seventh.
The rest of the Phillies, meanwhile, couldn’t get much going. Back-to-back singles by Pierre and Utley in the first and a sac fly from Howard got them one run. They scored another on a two-out double by Rollins the next inning, but didn’t score again after the second.
The Phillies are 13th in the NL in runs scored in August. For the year they’ve scored 530 runs in 130 games — 4.13 runs per game is eleventh-best in the NL. They’ve scored 29 runs over their last eight games, which is about 3.62 runs per game.
The Phillies are 61-69 on the year after losing to the New York Mets 3-2 last night. The Mets have won the first two games of the series and moved into a tie with the Phils for third place in the NL East.
The Phillies are 15-12 in August despite having scored as many runs (101) as they have allowed.
Cloyd got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a homer. He struck out five.
He also walked twice in the game last night. In his two plate appearances he has more walks (two) than Orr, Pridie, Lee, Halladay and Worley do in their 198 plate appearances combined. Orr has one and the rest of those guys don’t have any.
Five strikeouts in six innings gives Cloyd a strikeout rate of 7.5 per nine innings. His strikeout rate in 2012 between Double-A and Triple-A was 6.1, down from 8.5 in 2011 (Clearwater and Reading combined, mostly Reading). So what happened to his strikeouts from ’11 to ’12? Don’t know, but I do know we’re not the only ones wondering.
He allowed singles to Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis in the top of the first, but got Lucas Duda to pop to Rollins with runners on the corners to leave them both stranded.
He started the second up 1-0 and allowed a leadoff double to Scott Hairston. Cloyd hit Mike Baxter behind Hairston, putting men on first and second for Kelly Shoppach. He struck out Shoppach for the first out, but the pitcher Matt Harvey was next and singled to left. Hairston scored ahead of the throw from Pierre, which was online but weak, tying the game at 1-1. Cloyd struck out Tejada for the second out and got Daniel Murphy on a fly ball to right to leave both runners stranded.
Four hits, including a double and a single by the pitcher, allowed by Cloyd in the first two innings.
The Phillies led 2-1 when he started the third. David Wright grounded to short for the first out before Davis singled to right. Duda was next and the lefty hammered an 0-1 pitch down the first base line and out for a two-run homer that put the Mets up 3-2. Cloyd walked Hairston and Baxter behind Duda, putting runners on first and second, but struck Shoppach out for the second out and Harvey for the third.
Two more hits and two more walks allowed by Cloyd. Through his first three innings, he had allowed six hits, including a double and a home run, walked two and hit one batter. That’s a 2.67 ratio.
Things got better from there.
He set the Mets down in order in the fourth and again in the fifth.
Shoppach singled with one out in the third. Harvey bunted Shoppach to second with the second out. Cloyd struck Tejada out looking to leave him at second.
Horst needed six pitches to throw a 1-2-3 seventh.
0.92 ERA for Horst on the year. 1.07 ratio with 23 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings.
Bastardo started the eighth and Duda led off with a single to right. Aumont took over for Bastardo and struck the righty Hairston out for the first out as Duda stole second. Aumont struck the next hitter, Baxter, out as well. Then he lost the plate. He walked Shoppach to put two men on. Righty Justin Turner hit for the pitcher Josh Edgin. Aumont got behind him 2-0, but Turner grounded to third on a 2-1 pitch to set the Mets down.
Bastardo and Aumont in the eighth inning has close to zero chance of working on a regular basis. At least the rest of this season.
Bastardo was pitching for the second day in a row. He has dropped his ERA on the year from 5.45 to 5.13 with 2 1/3 scoreless innings over four appearances.
Aumont has now made two scoreless appearances with the Phils, walking two and striking out two in two innings.
Lindblom struck out Wright in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Lindblom was also pitching for the second day in a row. 6.17 ERA with a 1.46 ratio in 11 2/3 innings over 13 appearances since joining the Phillies. Two of his last three outings have been really good, but he was charged with a run on two walks in an inning in Tuesday’s opener with the Mets.
Three scoreless innings from the pen in which they allow a single and a walk.
Bastardo and Lindblom have both thrown two days in a row. Lindblom threw nine pitches last night and Bastardo two. Aumont 20 pitches and Horst six.
The Phillies lineup against righty Matt Harvey went (1) Rollins (2) Pierre (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Mayberry (6) Nix (7) Frandsen (8) Kratz. Pierre in left with Brown on the bench, presumably to rest his sore knee.
Pierre and Utley singled back-to-back with one out in the bottom of the first, putting men on the corners for Howard. Howard flew to left for the second out, deep enough for Pierre to tag and score, putting the Phils up 1-0. Mayberry flew to center to leave Utley at first.
It was 1-1 when the Phils hit in the second. Frandsen singled to center with one out and Kratz flew out behind him for the second. Cloyd was next and drew a walk on four pitches. It put men on first and second for Rollins and he doubled into the right field corner, scoring Frandsen (2-1) and moving Cloyd up to third. Pierre flew to left to end the inning.
Cloyd draws a walk to keep the inning alive for the RBI-double by Rollins.
That was it for the scoring by the Phils in the game.
Down 3-2, Utley was hit by a pitch to start the third, but Howard struck out for the first out and Mayberry bounced into a double-play.
The Phils went in order in the fourth.
Cloyd walked again to start the fifth. Rollins struck out for the first out before Pierre singled him to second. Utley flew to right for the second out. Howard hit the ball hard to left, but Duda took it on the track to end the inning.
Nix doubled with one out in the sixth and moved to third when Frandsen grounded out for the second out. Kratz struck out looking 0-2 to leave Nix at third.
Polanco hit for Horst to start the seventh and Harvey got him on a line drive to center for the first out. Lefty Josh Edgin took over for Harvey, getting Rollins on a ground ball to third and Pierre on a fly ball to center.
A whole lot of lefties in the lineup for the Phils mean they’re going to keep seeing a ton of left-handed relievers. Last night they started lefties two, three, four and six in the order. In the one spot was Rollins who is on-basing .281 against lefties for the year. They hit Mayberry fifth and he’s on-basing .284 against lefties with, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, no walks against lefties for the season (134 plate appearances).
Polanco leads off the inning against the righty Harvey with lefties Brown and Lerud and the switch-hitter Martinez on the bench.
The Phillies went in order in the eighth. Lefty Robert Carson got Utley and Howard and righty Jon Rauch took over to get Mayberry.
Frank Francisco struck out Nix and Kratz in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Rollins was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game. 203/277/386 over his last 224 plate appearances.
Pierre 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to get his average for the year back to .300. He’s 3-for-his-last-22. He is bizarrely hitting 224/281/282 at home and 380/409/448 away from home. That is nonsensical.
Utley 1-for-3. 274/397/484 in August. He has 217 plate appearances as a second baseman for the Phillies this season. Galvis has 178.
Howard 0-for-3 with an RBI. 1-for-his-last-15 with seven strikeouts.
Mayberry 0-for-4. He came into the game 7-for-his-last-17 (.412).
Nix 1-for-4 with a double and struck out three times. He has started three games in a row, going 3-for-11 with a walk, a double and a home run.
Frandsen 1-for-4. 4-for-his-last-18 with four singles.
Kratz 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 2-for-his-last-18 with two singles and six strikeouts.
Kendrick (7-9, 4.12) faces lefty Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51) this afternoon. Kendrick has been outstanding since the end of June, throwing to a 2.05 ERA with a 1.00 ratio in 44 innings over 13 appearances, six of which have been starts. The Phillies have won the last three games he has started and he’s allowed two runs in 21 1/3 innings in those games (both of which came on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Tyler Moore). Niese has a 2.29 ERA and an 0.99 ratio in his five starts in August. His numbers against lefties and righties are very similar for the year — righties are hitting 238/287/378 against him (isolated power of .140) while lefties are hitting 239/291/349 (isolated power of .110).