Rookie Bests Rookie
Somewhere in Allentown, Tyler Cloyd woke up Wednesday morning expecting to take the mound at Coca-Cola Park as the IronPigs continued their quest for the playoffs against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Somewhere in suburban Philadelphia Cole Hamels woke up with a stomach virus, scratching him from his Wednesday start against the Mets.
So, at 7 p.m., instead of Coca-Cola Park’s mound, Cloyd was standing on the mound at Citizens Bank Park. Normal AAA crowd of 10,000 would swell to over 40,000. Gotta have some jitters. He was touched for six hits and three runs in the first three innings and then retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, working six innings for the 26th time in 27 starts this season between AA, AA and MLB.
The loss was his second of the entire and first since May 20 vs. Louisville.
Meanwhile, the Phillies offense was stymied by a Mets rookie hurler and New York improved to 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season. Single runs in the first two innings was it for the Phillies.
Cloyd was the Phillies 18th round selection in 2008, one of five right-handed pitchers from that draft who have been with the Phillies: Vance Worley (3rd round), Michael Stutes (11th), B. J. Rosenberg (13th) and Michael Schwimer (14th)
Todd Zolekci has a story on phillies.com about Chase willing to try to move to third base. Ten years ago he made that at Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. He committed 28 errors, 14 in the first 25 games and 14 in his last 68 games, including just five in his final 41 games.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won, 6-2, over 1st-place SWB. Homers by 1B Cody Overbeck (13) and 3B Pete Orr (4). RHS Scott Elarton (6-11) got the win; 7th save for LH Jake Diekman. IronPigs trail 2nd-place Pawtucket by 2 games in a bid for the postseason wildcard berth. 4 games left in regular season.
Reading lost, 6-2, to Binghamton. 3B Cody Asche 2-4, double. LF Darin Ruf (25th game in LF), didn’t hit a home run but had a single and double (32) in 2 at-bats plus 2 walks. In Triple Crown bid, he leads the EL in homers (37) and RBI (98) and is second to Brock Holt in hitting, .322-.320. Reading has a 3-game lead over New Britain for second place and a postseason playoff position. Final home game of regular season is tonight and then 4 games in Portland, ME.
Clearwater split a pair at Daytona. LH Jesse Biddle (10-6) lost the opener, 4-1, 4 runs, 6 innings. Gave up 2 runs in the 2nd inning, ending a scoreless streak of 17 innings. 3-1 win for RHR Ryan O’Sullivan (2-1) in 2nd game; 4th save for Colton Murray. 1B Jim Murphy, 17th homer, 82nd RBI. Threshers are in 3rd place, 2 games out of first in the season’s second half. First and second half winners qualify for the postseason. 4 games left in regular season, all against the 1st-half champs Dunedin.
Lakewood won, 10-5, at Delmarva. RF Kelly Dugan, 3 hits, RBI. 3B Maikel Franco, 2, hits, 81st RBI. Winner: LHS Ethan Stewart (5-9), 9 strikeouts, 6 innings. 2nd save for RH Yaris Sosa.
Williamsport lost, 4-3, to Jamestown. SS Ramon Quinn extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games with his league-leading 11th triple. 2B Cesar Hernandez leads the organization in triples, 12, in 128 games. Quinn has his 11 in 59 games.
August 30, 1913: With the Phillies leading, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section began to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats. Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants. NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rules the game to be completed in New York on October 2. Phillies win, 8-6.
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