Game 135 - Monday Afternoon, September 3rd in Cincinnati
Record - 65-70, 3rd Place, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: In his second big league start, Tyler Cloyd mastered the Reds, leading the Phillies to a 4-2 Labor Day victory.
What It Means: True, the Phillies have been hot of late, but I won't be convinced they have even a remote shot for the second Wild Card until they at least reach .500. If they win their next five in a row, I'll listen to the Wild Card chatter.
What Went Right: It was a game of firsts. Cloyd earned his first win by allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings of work. He out-duelled Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto, who was going for his 18th win of the season. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless eighth in his 2012 debut and Phillippe Aumont recorded the final three outs in the ninth for his first Major League save.
Jimmy Rollins had the big hit with a three-run home run in the fifth. John Mayberry, Jr. added a solo home run in the sixth.
Featured Card: It's got to be Cloyd. In lieu of showing another of Cloyd's minor league cards, here's his 2012 Chachi card which is also his very first (unofficial and pretend) Phillies baseball card. Here's the back of the card:
Tyler James Cloyd
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'3" Weight: 210
Born: May 16, 1987, Papillion, NE
Home: Papillion, NE
Drafted: Selected by Phillies in 18th round of June 2008 draft
Teams: Phillies 2012
Acquired: Via draft
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible