The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a three-game set on Monday afternoon by a final score of 4-2. It marked the first Major League win for rookie starting pitcher Tyler Cloyd.
In his second appearance in the big leagues, Cloyd put together an impressive showing that saw the 25-year-old right hander strike out nine over seven innings while only allowing four hits. His lone mistake came in the second inning when he gave up a solo home run to Jay Bruce that gave the Reds an early lead. However, the miscue didn't bother the young pitcher as he coasted through the rest of the game.
Jimmy Rollins came to Cloyd's aide when he hit a three-run homerun in the fifth inning and John Mayberry added to it by hitting a solo homerun in the sixth.
Only one day removed from an embarrassing loss against the Atlanta Braves in which the club's bullpen allowed five earned runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies relief pitchers managed to close out the game without too much trouble, although Phillippe Aumont had to put in some work on the way to his first Major league save.
Johnny Cueto was pegged with the loss after allowing four earned runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched.