Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bats couldn't recover from Cloyd's rough start

August 20, 2013

Box Score (from ESPN.com)

By Nick Tricome

Give credit to Tyler Cloyd. He got off to a rough start on Tuesday night, but was able to settle down in the latter half of his outing.

Unfortunately, the Phillies' bats couldn't drive in enough runs to catch up with the Colorado Rockies and lost 5-3.

Cloyd gave up five earned runs in his first start since June 12. All five were allowed in the first three innings.

Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki got things started with a two-run home run in the first. Then, Michael Cuddyer, after hitting a double and reaching third on a ground out by Todd Helton, scored on a wild pitch to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Dexter Fowler hit an RBI single into right field to score Charlie Blackmon, and Wilin Rosario hit a solo homer in the third to give the Rockies their fifth and final run of the night.

The Phillies were able to cut the lead down to two in the bottom half of the third. However, it was the only offense they generated the entire game and it was all thanks to a rare error by Rockies first baseman Todd Helton.

Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa gave up a single to John Mayberry Jr. to start off the bottom of the third, then walked Jimmy Rollins after Tyler Cloyd was thrown out on a sacrifice bunt that moved Mayberry up to second.

Helton made the error on a ground ball hit by Carlos Ruiz, allowing Ruiz to reach first safely and for Mayberry to come home.

Rollins moved up to third during the play and scored thanks to a single into right field by Chase Utley in the next at-bat.

Then Ruiz, who generated the first run off of Helton's error, scored on a sacrifice fly to center from Domonic Brown.

The Phillies got three runs, two earned, to make it a 5-3 ballgame heading into the fourth, but that was all they could manage to do.

Cloyd did his part to keep his team in the game, pitching three shutout innings, following his shaky first three. His line for Tuesday night stood at six innings pitched, with eight hits and five earned runs allowed. He walked one, struck out six and gave up two home runs by the time he was replaced in the seventh inning.

The Phillies' bullpen also did their part to keep the lead within reach, with Zach Miner and Cesar Jimenez combining for a scoreless last three innings.

But again, the Phillies did nothing to help themselves at the plate following their three runs in the third.

They had a chance in the seventh with Cody Asche and Mayberry on first and second, with one out. But all that came of that was an inning ending with a spectacular, but debatable, play by Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado to get Jimmy Rollins out at first. There were no runs to show for it.

Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19 ERA) will take the mound against the Rockies on Wednesday night. Colorado will have Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94 ERA) starting for them at Citizens Bank Park.

Rehab Update

Roy Halladay made a rehab start for Class A Lakewood on Tuesday night. He gave up two runs (one earned) off of seven hits and three walks in six innings pitched.

He struck out four with his fastball averaging 87 mph. However, he threw 90 pitches and just 52 of them were strikes.

Halladay has been recovering from shoulder surgery that he had back in May. There was a possibility that he could return to the Phillies as early as Sunday, but that doesn't seem too likely right now, considering that a pitcher, who relies on control, threw just over half of his pitches for strikes. 

Plus, Halladay never got above 90 mph on the radar gun during his start on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Pettibone also made a rehab start on Tuesday night, pitching for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pettibone was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the beginning of August with a right shoulder strain. He struck out one and gave up three earned runs off of 10 hits in six innings pitched on Tuesday night.

(Image from MLB.com and the Associated Press)

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