With four games to go in the season, the Philadelphia Phillies have nothing to play for, sitting at 72-86 coming into tonight's game. The Atlanta Braves, however, are trying to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs, sporting a cool 93-65 record. Tonight's game showed clearly that one team has something to play for, while the other has seemingly no motivation to even take the field anymore. The Braves were a well-oiled offensive machine against Tyler Cloyd, who was chased by the second inning. The Phillies only mustered one run against David Hale, a September call-up for the Braves. It was certainly a tale of two teams Thursday night.
All seven of the Braves' runs tonight came off of Tyler Cloyd in the first two innings. Cloyd looked bad from the very start, giving up a home run to Jason Heyward to begin his night. Freddie Freeman added an RBI double, followed by an Evan Gattis RBI single, Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer added RBI's of their own to make it a 5-0 Atlanta lead after the first inning.
But the Braves were not finished teeing off on Tyler Cloyd. After Cloyd himself knocked home a run on a groundout in the top of the second inning, he went back out to the mound and gave up two more runs, both coming on an Evan Gattis double. Ryne Sandberg came and got Cloyd after just an inning plus, and after just 57 pitches. Cloyd finished with a miserable line of 1+ innings pitched, 8 hits, 7 earned runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Cloyd's record swelled to 2-7 in likely the last action he'll see this season.
One bright spot was the Phillies bullpen, who kept the Braves off the board the rest of the way, allowing an incredible 4 hits over 7 innings of work. September call-up Mauricio Robles saw some action for the Phils tonight, allowing 2 hits in 3 innings to go with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Joe Savery, Justin De Fratus, JC Ramirez and BJ Rosenburg combined to shut the Braves down through 7 innings. The bullpen has been much better in the second half of the season – perhaps because the Phillies have been playing with less leads.
Jimmy Rollins had a 3 for 4 night tonight. The Phillies picked up 9 hits altogether, but just couldn't score runs, which has been a problem in their last few games, most of which they have lost. Jason Heyward had a 5 hit night out of the leadoff spot for Atlanta, going 5 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a solo home run from the leadoff spot. But because of the tightness of the Phillies' bullpen, just two other Braves had multi-hit games.
Cliff Lee and Kris Medlen face off tomorrow night in game two of this NL East battle. Three games remain in this 2013 season.
Since the Phillies' last game of the season is this Sunday, September 29th, look out for a new special beginning Monday September 30th here at Phillies 101. We will be going through each player on the Phillies roster as it will stand at the end of the season and analyzing and grading their 2013 performances, as well as speculating their role on (or off) the team in 2014. Again, this begins Monday September 30th, and will last right into November. There will be days, especially in early October, where we will sprinkle in other articles, possibly analyzing the Phillies' 2013 performance against division rivals and other teams. Stay tuned for more information…we'll do what we can to keep the offseason interesting!
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