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Cloyd’s Struggles Continue in Loss to Mets

The Philadelphia Phillies guaranteed themselves their first losing season since 2002 with a loss Friday night to the New York Mets. This comes one season after their team record of five straight division titles was snapped. Though bear in mind that they’ve gone 18-15 under Ryne Sandberg thus far.

Tonight the Phils looked to rebound with Tyler Cloyd taking the hill in search of his third win in 2013. His team gave him an early 1-0 lead thanks to a sacrifice fly by Cody Asche that plated Domonic Brown.

Cloyd would give that small lead back in the fourth inning when David Wright took him deep to right for a solo home run. Cloyd would not record an out in the sixth inning, starting it by allowing another solo shot, this one to Daniel Murphy. Wright followed that with a single, and Cloyd then hit Lucas Duda with a pitched ball.

Mets’ center fielder Juan Lagares then laced a triple to deep center to score Wright & Duda and make it 4-1 New York. That would be all for Cloyd, who lasted five innings and was charged with five earned runs on six hits. He was replaced by Ethan Martin.

After striking out the next hitter, Martin allowed a double to catcher Travis d’Arnaud the scored Lagares and made it 5-1 Mets.

It’s been a struggle this year for Cloyd, as his record now stands at 2-6 in 2013 with an earned run average of 5.40. He is not an overpowering pitcher, rather one forced to rely on off speed stuff and moving pitches.

He has shown promise at times, but has been very inconsistent in his season long audition for the future. He will be in the mix next spring in Clearwater.

The Phillies would fight back in their half of the sixth inning, starting it with three straight doubles. The second one was hit by Jimmy Rollins and brought Cesar Hernandez home, cutting the lead to 5-2. The third double came from Chase Utley, advancing Rollins to third. Carlos Ruiz then grounded out to Wright at third, but Rollins scored to make it 5-3 while Utley advanced to third. Chase would score on a wild pitch to Domonic Brown.

The score was 5-4, and that is how it would remain. The light rain that had been falling all evening turned heavy, and caused a delay. After approximately 45 minutes, the game was called as it was official by that point.

The Phils lost their 83rd game of the year, and in the process lost the series with the Mets tonight.

They’ll attempt to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon when Cliff Lee takes the ball. He’ll be opposed by Carlos Torres for New York.

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