The first game of a three game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the visiting San Diego Padres turned out to be one that clearly belonged to the visiting team. Andrew Cashner and Tyler Cloyd took the mound for the Padres and Phillies respectively. Cashner had a good night and picked up the win, while on the contrary, Cloyd was hit hard.
San Diego scratched across a run in the first inning, added three more in the fourth, and blew the game open with a four-run fifth. The Padres scored eight runs by the fifth inning, seven of which were charged to Tyler Cloyd’s line. Cloyd was keeping the Phillies in the game until the middle innings, when he lost velocity and ran into trouble. Three Padres had two RBI’s in the game – Chase Headley, who went 3 for 5, Ronny Cedeno, who went 2 for 4, and Rene Rivera, who had added a two run double.
Cody Asche hit his 5th home run of the year in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Phillies on the board, and Cesar Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth. Unfortunately, that was all the Phillies were able to muster against Padres’ starter Andrew Cashner. Cashner was sharp tonight, lasting 7 and 2/3 innings, allowing just 4 hits, 2 runs, one walk, and struck out 7.
As mentioned, Tyler Cloyd had trouble. This season, Cloyd has been serviceable in the early innings, but runs into trouble as the game wears on. Tonight was no exception. Six of Cloyd’s seven earned runs were allowed in the fourth and fifth inning. Cloyd pitched into the fifth inning, with his official line ending at 4 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 runs, no walks, and four strikeouts. He only threw 73 pitches before being pulled by Ryne Sandberg.
One bright spot for the Phillies is that their bullpen did not allow any runs in four innings after getting out of the troublesome fifth inning. The combination of Ethan Martin, Luis Garcia, and Joe Savery shut the Padres down in the later stages of the game. After a rough first half of the season, the bullpen has been clicking as of late for the Phillies.
The Phillies fall to 66-78 with the loss, and San Diego improves to 66-77 with the win. Both teams are far out of playoff contention, and are playing for respect at this point in the season. Roy Halladay, who was originally supposed to pitch tonight, will take the mound tomorrow night against Eric Stults in game two of this series.
Injured Phillies Ryan Howard and Ben Revere will participate in baseball activities in the Florida Instructional League this month. Neither player is anticipated to return to the big league club at any point this season. However, they will be exposed to baseball action through the middle of October, and will begin preparations for next season.
Tonight was the major league debut for September call-up, catcher Cameron Rupp. In tonight’s game, Rupp went 1-4 with a run scored, and struck out twice. There is anticipation that Rupp could be a part of the Phillies roster at the beginning of next season, depending on what the team does with Carlos Ruiz and Erik Kratz in the offseason.
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