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Back to Nothing: Twins 4, Phillies 3

Tyler Cloyd's five innings of work meant the bullpen would be exposed, along with the sad offense constantly exposing itself, and the Phillies nullified the five game win streak from last week with their fifth loss in a row.


Tyler Cloyd didn't allow a lot of damage, but he also didn't stay very long. Five innings feels like even less when you know whose bullpen is going to have to fill in the rest of the game.

It's the Phillies' bullpen. It'll always be the Phillies' bullpen.

Cloyd walked three and struck out two, allowing six hits, but only a single earned run. Inning after inning he'd get out there, get himself in trouble, then wriggle free and jog back to the dugout. It was an interesting, time-consuming process to watch.

... unlike the offense, whose poor decision-making skills once again made a one-run lead seem insurmountable.

But the Phillies grabbed the lead early in the top of the first. Ben Revere started things off by accidentally getting on base thanks to a blown call by the first base ump. Jimmy Rollins then hit a real life single, putting Revere in scoring position if he were on a team that knew how to score.

Mike Pelfrey wobbled around Ryan Howard and walked him, bringing up Domonic Brown.

"Somebody's not doing very good scouting," said Larry Andersen.

Dom's at bat was over quickly, and he brought Revere in with a deep sac fly. Delmon Young followed with a single and dragged in another one, and the Phillies had some early offense that, in the context of their own recent offense, seemed downright nuclear.

Revere singled in another run in the fifth, and victory was all but assured. All you had to do was turn the game off and assume they did.

They didn't.

So, the bullpen gates opened and out came Joe Savery (1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER), Michael Stutes (0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER), Antonio Bastardo (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER), and Justin De Fratus (1 IP, 1 R, 1 WP). Good lord, Clete Thomas went 4-for-4 tonight with two doubles and a pair of RBI. He knocked in the Twins' first run with a double and watched from third as Oswaldo Arcia scored on a piece of crap ground ball in the sixth.

Under De Fratus' campaign in the 8th inning, the Twins actually knocked a couple of line drives snared by Freddy Galvis and De Fratus himself, but the lead-taking run scored on a wild pitch that careened off the umpire's leg.

So, that meant it was the potential last inning, in which the Phillies had way less than a double digit number of outs to work with so they didn't really stand much of a hey look Delmon Young already grounded out.

John Mayberry crawled in there and flew out, leaving things up to ‘ol 0-for-17-since-last-Wednesday Freddy Galvis , who is now 0-for-18 since last Wednesday.

Here's a graph charting the trajectory of fan sadness.

Source: FanGraphs