Friday, September 27, 2013

2013 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #19 Mauricio Robles

Braves 7, Phillies 1
Game 159 - Thursday Night, September 26th in Atlanta
Record - 72-87, 4th Place, 22 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd was demolished early and often in a lopsided 7-1 loss to the N.L. East Champion Braves.

What It Means:  The Phillies need to win one of their final three games to avoid losing 90 in a season for the first time since 2000 when Terry Francona's awful club went 65-97.

What Went Wrong:  Cloyd was pulled four batters into the second inning.  When the dust had settled, he had allowed all seven runs on eight hits.  Surprisingly enough, the bullpen held the Braves scoreless for the last six innings of the game.  Rookie Mauricio Robles threw three shutout innings and struck out four.

Featured Card:  One of the few silver linings to come out of the dark gray storm cloud of the Phillies season is the emergence of several young relievers who could be key players with the team in 2014.  Robles was a waiver claim this past winter from the Mariners.  In 34 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley he compiled a 1.42 ERA over 38 innings.  His walk to strikeout ratio (31 to 26) is awful, but he's got a good arm and he's only 24.  (Trying to stay positive, folks.)

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