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Duda Homers Off Cloyd in Rookie’s Debut Loss

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd pitches in his Major League debut against the Mets. He allowed three runs in six innings. PHILADELPHIA – AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during a game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Mets 3, Phillies 2
WP – Matt Harvey (3-3, 2.76)
LP – Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50)
SV – Frank Francisco (22)

PHILADELPHIA — It wasn’t exactly the debut Tyler Cloyd expected to have, but the 25-year-old walked away with an experience he will never forget.

Cloyd settled down after three rocky innings to start, but the damage was done. It was Luca Duda’s two-run homer in the 3rd inning that put the Mets up 3-2, the final score on Wednesday.

Cloyd’s fastball ranged from 86-90 all night, and it was hit hard often.

In the first two innings, Cloyd got three pop-up outs but also got tagged for three sharp singles and a double that set up the first run he allowed in his Major League career, an RBI single by opposing starter Matt Harvey.

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Blanton Roughed-Up Again; Phils Lose

Phillies catcher Brian Schneider consoles starting pitcher Joe Blanton after he gave up a two-run homer in the 6th inning. Blanton was yanked after the home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Mets 6, Phillies 3
WP – Jeremy Hefner (1-2, 5.60)
LP – Joe Blanton (4-5, 5.05)
SV – Frank Francisco (14)

NEW YORK — Joe Blanton has found himself in a rough patch that has the Phillies even more worried about their starting rotation.

While Roy Halladay and Vance Worley sit on the DL, the Phillies need Blanton to step up and he hasn’t lately. Blanton got roughed up again, this time to the Mets, in a 6-3 loss Tuesday night.

Blanton gave up all six of the Mets runs on nine hits and two walks through five innings. He also allowed two homers, one of them to the opposing starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner.

The Phils scored right away in the 1st when Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a double, advanced to third on  Juan Pierre sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead right away in the bottom half with a pair of RBI singles by David Wright and Ike Davis. Brian Schneider’s second home run of the season in the top of the 2nd, an upper deck blast, tied the game back up.

But the Mets took the lead for good on Mike Baxter’s one-out RBI double, making it 3-2 in the bottom of the 2nd.

2B: Rollins (8), Pence (9). HR: Schneider (2)

Boxscore.

Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks.

Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen.

That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of every game.

The problems have been very recent. The bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21  to May 9 (stats from a tweet by Todd Zolecki).

In the past eight games, the Phillies bullpen cost the team a win five times dating back to the 15-13 debacle against the Braves. FIVE… and they were all against NL East foes!

Let’s look at those five games since you’re all incredibly miserable and there is nothing to put you in a worse mood.

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Phils Work Late-Inning Magic to Prevent Sweep

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates after his go-ahead double in the 7th. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

All Philadelphia had to do was finish the scoring chances they put up against Mike Pelfrey.

Instead, they waited for the Mets to pull their starter to get the ball rolling. With a 2-1 lead the Mets turned to their bull pen in the 7th inning, regretting the move deeply as it cost them a shot at sweeping the Phillies on the road.

The Phils out up seven runs in their final two innings, beating the Mets 8-2 behind the bat of Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton tied the game up, 2-2, with his sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 7th. As he skied a deep fly to right field, Jimmy Rollins, who was standing on third, pumped his fist before tagging up and scoring the tying run.

Laynce Nix followed up with an RBI double to score Hunter Pence, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

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Series Preview: vs New York Mets

PHI: 81-44, 1st in NL East; NYM: 60-66, 4th in NL East

When: August 22-24
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (13-7, 2,82) vs Dillon Gee (11-4, 3.92)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.76) vs Jon Niese (11-10, 4.05)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.24) vs Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.61)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – No one: Their best players are either injured or traded away. You can try and watch David Wright but he’s so bad right now, you want to look away.

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Series Preview: at New York Mets

PHI: 57-34, 1st in NL East; NYM: 46-45, 3rd in NL East

When: July 15-17
Where: Citi Field (Queens, NY)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (4-1, 2.20) vs RA Dickey (4-7, 3.61)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (11-4, 2.32) vs Jon Niese (8-7, 3.88)
Sunday: Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.58) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-8, 4.55)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: at New York Mets

PHI: 31-19, 1st in NL East; NYM: 23-26, 4th in NL East

When: May 27-29
Where: Citi Field (Queens, NY)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) vs Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36)
Sasturday: Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06) vs Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37)
Sunday: Vance Worley (2-0, 2.14) vs Jon Niese (3-5, 4.33)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 1:10, CSN
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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 21-9, 1st in NL East; ATL: 18-15, 3rd in NL East

When: April May 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) vs. Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) vs. Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, TCN
Saturday, 7:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 18-9, 1st in NL East; WAS: 14-14, 4th in NL East

When: May 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) vs Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) vs John Lannan (2-3, 3.78)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, 
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 7:05
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs New York Mets

PHI: 16-8, 1st in NL East; NYM: 11-13, 4th in NL East

When: April 29-May 1
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (0-0, -.–) vs. Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) vs. Jon Niese (1-3, 5.10)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) vs Chris Young (1-0, 2.65)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 1:10, FOX
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM

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