The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the second of a four game series to the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night by a score of 5-3 at Citizens Bank Park. Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa outpitched the Phillies’ Tyler Cloyd, who had just been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In Triple-A, Cloyd had pitched two straight complete games, and was 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA in 7 starts. However, that success would not carry over into tonight’s game.
Cloyd’s first three innings were where the damage was done. He gave up the second home run of the series to Troy Tulowitzki, a two-run shot to put the Rockies on the board in the 1st. Colorado would add a run when Michael Cuddyer came home from third on a wild pitch.
The Rockies added two more runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Dexter Fowler drove home an RBI single, and Wilin Rosario blasted a long home run to center field in the 3rd to make it a 5-0 Rockies lead.
The Phillies would get three runs back in their half of the 3rd. The first run came when John Mayberry Jr. scored after Carlos Ruiz reached on a Todd Helton error – Helton’s first error of the entire season. Chase Utley added an RBI single later in the inning, followed immediately by a Domonic Brown sacrifice fly.
Cloyd, who gave up five runs through just three innings, settled down to keep the Rockies quiet in the middle innings. Unfortunately for the Phillies, Jorge De La Rosa would do the same, retiring 12 straight batters between the end of the 3rd and the 7th inning.
However, De La Rosa allowed a couple of base runners with one out in the 7th, and was pulled. The Rockies’ relief tandem of Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers would get De La Rosa out of a jam, capped off by an incredible throw by third baseman Nolan Arenado to get Jimmy Rollins at first base for the third out – although it was later shown that Arenado was off the bag, and replay showed he never tagged Rollins as originally thought.
Cloyd posted a line of 6 innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, one walk, and 6 strikeouts. Those numbers could have been much worse if Cloyd didn’t settle into somewhat of a groove after the 3rd inning. De La Rosa finished the evening with 6 and 1/3 innings pitched, 3 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 3 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Both bullpens did not allow a run the rest of the way, and Rafael Betancourt picked up the save to preserve the win for De La Rosa and the Rockies. Colorado moves to 59-68 with the win, and the Phillies fall to 55-70 with the loss. Cliff Lee will take the mound for the Phillies tomorrow against the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio.
Both Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone were sent out on rehab starts tonight. Halladay pitched for Single-A Lakewood, lasting 6 innings, allowing seven hits, just one run, three walks, and striking out 4. Halladay’s velocity reportedly topped out at 89 MPH, but stayed in the mid 80’s for most of the night. It was also reported that Halladay had some control issues, throwing just 52 strikes on 90 pitches.
Pettibone pitched for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, also lasting 6 innings, allowing 10 hits, 3 runs, no walks, and striking out just one. It is yet to be determined what’s next for both pitchers, although it is being heavily speculated in Philadelphia that Roy Halladay will need another rehab start or two before returning to the Phillies.
John Lannan has been ruled out for the season with tendon issues in his knee. Lannan will seek a second opinion, but it is unlikely to see him in a Phillies uniform again this year.
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