Tyler Cloyd (2-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) went eight innings last Thursday allowing just one run on three hits getting the win over the New York Mets. It was easily Cloyd’s best start since joining the Phillies in late August. The Phillies provided run support for Cloyd as they got eight runs in the first inning and went on to win 16-1. Cloyd is coming off of a year in which he was named the International League Pitcher of the Year and won the Paul Owens Award for the Phillies top minor league pitcher. In two career starts at Citizens Bank Park, Cloyd is 0-1 and has allowed seven runs in 10 innings (6.30 ERA)/
Gio Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) went seven innings allowing two unearned runs on three hits while striking out five to cruise to his 20th win as the Nationals beat the Brewers 10-4. Gonzalez was the first pitcher to 20 wins this season and the 20 wins are a Nationals single season franchise record. In his three career starts against the Phillies, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA, which includes two starts at Citizens Bank Park where he is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA.
The Phillies fans have come out this year as they lead MLB in overall attendance (3,521,648) and average attendance (44,021) which marks the sixth consecutive year that the Phillies have drawn more than three million fans. The remaining seven games are against NL East teams (one at home v. Washington, three in Miami, and three in Washington). Over their last 29 division games, the Phillies are 19-10 with six series wins. Despite a few recent bumps in the road in September, the Phillies still boast the National League’s fifth best win percentage (.603) in the second half of the season, they are 41-27 over that time. Chase Utley still needs one homerun to reach 200 in his career.
The Nationals cut their magic number to four games with last night’s 8-4 win. The Nationals have the best win percentage in MLB (.606) which is helped out by their terrific second half record, 45-27 (.625). Jayson Werth sparked some controversy by attempting to toss a ball to a young Philadelphia fan but pump faked and kept the ball. He said it was because of the fans behind the children but, as Phillies fans know, Werth never gave anything any thought. Werth hit .282 with 95 home runs, 300 RBI, 60 stolen bases, and 99 doubles in his four seasons (2007-10) with the Phillies.
- Rollins SS
- Frandsen 3B
- Utley 2B
- Howard 1B
- Mayberry CF
- Ruf LF
- Brown RF
- Kratz C
- Cloyd P
First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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