When right-hander Tyler Cloyd pitched five scoreless innings of relief on Aug. 24 in an 18-inning game the Phillies eventually lost, his club rewarded him by sending him back to the minors.
In his first major league start in three weeks Tuesday night, things could not have gone much worse for Cloyd. He couldn't make it through five innings in Philadelphia's 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Cloyd (2-4) was not sharp, allowing seven runs and nine hits over four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked none.
''I was leaving pitches up and made a lot of mistakes,'' Cloyd said. ''My pitches were getting a lot of the plate. ... I got off the game plan and didn't throw enough off-speed pitches.''
Zach Miner, who relieved Cloyd in the fifth, let two inherited runners score and yielded three hits and a run overall. Ethan Martin, whose spot in the rotation was filled by Cloyd, pitched a perfect sixth in his first appearance as a reliever.
''Cloyd was pretty good for the first three i...