Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 Topps #197 Tyler Cloyd

Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 2
Game 37 - Late Friday Night, May 10th in Phoenix
Record - 16-21, 4th Place, 6 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The offense and the bullpen couldn't provide enough support for Tyler Cloyd to earn his first win of the year, as the Diamondbacks defeated the Phillies, 3-2.

What It Means:  The Phils dropped their third straight and fell five games below .500 for the second time this season.  Only the Marlins (11-25), Cubs (13-22) and Dodgers (13-21) have as many or more losses than the Phillies in the National League.  Good grief.

What Went Wrong:  The offense plated two first inning runs on a lead-off home run from Jimmy Rollins and an RBI-single from Domonic Brown, and then they shut down for the rest of the night.

Cloyd departed in the seventh inning with one out, a runner on first and the Phils up by a run.  Antonio Bastardo allowed his inherited runner to score, tying up the ballgame.  Mike Adams surrendered a home run to Miguel Montero on the first pitch he threw in the eighth inning, giving the Diamondbacks the lead and the eventual win.

Featured Card:  Cloyd pitched a decent ballgame - 6 1/3 innings, 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 4.  However, no matter what the outcome of this game, he knew he was heading back to Triple-A since the team doesn't need a fifth starter again until May 21st.  Following the game, reliever Justin De Fratus was recalled to take Cloyd's spot on the roster.

Cloyd appears on his first Topps baseball cards in 2013, earning appearances in Topps Series One, Topps Heritage and the recently released Bowman.


Anonymous said...

I love the fact that Topps somehow managed to miss on giving him a card in one of the Bowman Prospect insert sets and that his Topps cards this year are *legitimate* rookie cards (that is, if you don't count his 2011 Donruss Elite card as a legitimate rookie card).

Jim said...

It amazes me who Topps misses in their Bowman sets. It's like they don't really pay attention to the scouting reports, and they just try to sign up whoever they can and hope for the best.