The Phillies topped the Reds on Monday afternoon by a score of 4-2 using a combination of rookies and just a dash of experience. In his second major league start, Tyler Cloyd walked away with the victory. Catcher Steven Lerud collected his first major league win behind the plate in his second appearance. And Phillippe Aumont, in his 4th major league game, got his first major league save.
The three youngsters received support from another rookie making his first game appearance in 2012, Justin De Fratus. De Fratus was expected to make the team out of spring training, but instead spent most of the year on the disabled list with a strained right flexor pronator tendon. In Monday’s win, De Fratus pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
The other main contributor in the game had a little more experience. Jimmy Rollins smashed a 3-run homer in the 5th inning, providing the rookies with much of the offense. John Mayberry Jr. added the fourth run with a solo shot in the 6th.
This turn of events left me wondering…how do the Reds feel about basically being beaten by a minor league team? Rollins helped, so I added him into “Our Gang” here as well (L-R Cloyd, Rollins, Lerud, Aumont):
If you don’t remember the above referenced TV show, clearly you are younger than I am so, congratulations on that ;o)
Besides watching the Phillies win with a bunch of rookies, the best part of this game was Cloyd’s grandmother, who was shown on camera numerous times, hands in the air, doing her grandma happy dance. It was off-the-charts adorable. You go, grandma!
Game 2 with the Reds starts at 7:10pm tonight. Kyle Kendrick will be looking for his 5th consecutive win.
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Aumont, Lerud & Rollins head shots by Jenn Zambri Photography