CLOYD OF THE WAKING UNIVERSEPosted: September 4, 2012
In this lost season of Phillies baseball where dreams of playoff dominance have been all but stored away until next February, things have still been exciting. Among them: it’s been a good year in the minor leagues, and some of those guys are making their way to the big club.
After the punch-in-the-gut that was Sunday’s loss to the Braves, the Phils headed into Cincinnati for an early afternoon game against the first place Reds.
Although scheduled starter Tyler Cloyd put up great numbers with the R-Phils and ‘Pigs this year (15-1, sub 2.00 ERA), he’s been labelled as a junkballer cut from the same cloth as Kyle Kendrick. While his debut against the Mets didn’t go so well, yesterday was a different story. He scattered four hits and one run over 7 innings, while striking out 9 and walking none to earn his first major league win.
But outside of some of the day’s other heroics, like the three-run blast from Rollins, were the guys who patrolled the mound. The Phils had three rooks pitching, including two whose first taste of the majors have only come in the past couple of weeks.
While Justin De Fratus made five appearances last year, today was his 2012 debut, and he pitched a scoreless 8th. Closing the door in the 9th was our favorite Quebecois, Phillippe Aumont, who earned his first career save. It’s also worth noting that he gave up his first run today, and in total, has scattered three hits across four appearances and 4 IP.
It’s good to see the rookies running the show, but one of the vets needs to tell Cloyd to lose that flat-brimmed cap.