Monday’s Red Sox-Phillies matchups: Alfredo Aceves vs. Tyler Cloyd
|05.27.13 at 9:27 am ET|
Clay Buchholz originally was scheduled to start the first game of the series with Philadelphia, but was scratched due to some discomfort in his right collarbone. Buchholz said that he fell asleep with his daughter in his arms on Thursday night, resting in an awkward position rather than laying on his back. “When I woke up the next morning it felt a little tight. So I came in here and have been getting treatment on it,’ the starter said Sunday. “I could pitch tomorrow if I had to, but I don’t have to. So I’ll take my time and get it all the way out and pitch in a couple more days.”
The righty, who owns the lowest ERA in the American League at 1.73, said the decision to skip the start was his call, and that he wanted to rest for precautionary reasons now rather than have problems with the discomfort down the road. The hardest part of the choice for Buchholz was skipping a start in the midst of his impressive season, in which he is undefeated at 7-0.
“That’s what’s hard about it. I want to be out there every day,” he said. “I think I would be doing the team an injustice if I’m not 100 percent like I have been all year. That was the tough part, on my half side of it. But fortunately enough, we’ve got a couple of guys that can fill in for that one start, so it’s not going to hurt anybody.”
Making the start in place of Buchholz will be the recently recalled Aceves, whose last start for the Red Sox was a memorable one. Aceves allowed eight runs on seven hits and four walks in only 3 1/3 innings to Oakland, and he was shipped to Triple-A Pawtucket soon after the dreadful showing. Aceves was brought back to the major league club during the flurry of roster moves on May 24. He’s pitched one inning since being recalled, a scoreless ninth inning against Cleveland in an 8-1 blowout win on Friday night.
Aceves had been pitching fairly well with the PawSox prior to rejoining the major league club, going 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in four starts.
Aceves will be matched up against Cloyd, who began the year in Triple-A and has been tapped to replace the injured Roy Halladay in the Phillies’ rotation. The right-hander has made only two starts on the season at the major league level and has been recalled for two stints with the big league club. He’s been effective in his two starts, going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA, walking five and striking out nine in 13 1/3 innings.
Cloyd made his major league debut on Aug. 29 last year, after splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A. His minor league performance garnered attention; the right-hander allowed only five runs in four outings (25 innings) in Double-A before being promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA. His time in Triple-A this year hasn’t gone quite as well; the starter has struggled with his best pitch, his cutter, in the first month of the season, leading to a 1-4 record and 6.57 ERA with the Iron Pigs with a 1.637 WHIP. Home runs were a problem for Cloyd in the minors this year, as he allowed an average of 2.1 home runs per nine innings.
Getting the opportunity to pitch in Boston for the first time is especially exciting for Cloyd, who grew up a Red Sox fan living in Nebraska. “To go there and actually be able to pitch, it’s going to be fun,” Cloyd said. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll go there and keep going with this success.” The starter had to share his anticipation with his brother, Troy, who also is a Sox fan. “Right when I got called up, I told him and said, ‘If I stay up, I’ll be able to go to Boston and pitch the first game there.’ So I kind of rubbed it in a little bit.” Cloyd said.
Phillies vs. Aceves (RHP)
Michael Young (6 plate appearances): .600 BA/.667 OBP/.800 SLG, 1 double, 1 walk
Ben Revere (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout
John Mayberry (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk
Delmon Young (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Jimmy Rollins has an RBI single in one at-bat vs. Aceves. Freddy Galvis struck out in his lone at-bat vs. Aceves. No other Phillies batters have faced Aceves.
Red Sox vs. Cloyd (RHP)
No Red Sox hitters have faced Cloyd.
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