Cloyd earns sixth win in gem for 'Pigs

Phillies prospect goes seven innings, Mitchell plates four

Phillies righty Tyler Cloyd has won six of his seven starts this season. (Frank Mitman)

By Danny Wild / | May 10, 2012 2:33 PM ET

Tyler Cloyd continued his seamless transition to Triple-A on Thursday, a youngster taking a cue from a team stocked primarily with veterans.

The Phillies' 18th-rounder from 2008 improved to 6-0 overall this season with his third Triple-A win, holding Indianapolis to a run on three hits over seven innings in Lehigh Valley's 5-1 road win at Victory Field.

Cloyd, who turns 25 next week, struck out six and walked one to win his third straight start for the IronPigs since being promoted May 5 from Double-A Reading. He threw 69 of his 104 pitches for strikes and also hit a batter before B.J. Rosenberg worked the final two frames, allowing two hits.

Cloyd worked out of trouble in the first when he loaded the bases thanks to a single, walk and hit batter but struck out Jordy Mercer to end the frame. He settled in, retiring the next 13 batters, until the Indians finally broke through with a run in the sixth on Jake Fox's sacrifice fly.

Derrick Mitchell knocked home four of Lehigh Valley's runs, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the second off Indianapolis starter Jeff Locke, his third longball of the season. Cody Overbeck doubled, tripled and scored a pair of runs for the 'Pigs, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Cloyd began the season at Lehigh Valley -- he tossed six perfect innings in the IronPigs' season opener April 5 -- but was reassigned and went 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four starts in the Eastern League, striking out 20 in 25 innings. He returned to the International League a month later when he went seven frames to beat Syracuse on May 5. At Triple-A, he's allowed just two runs and has 17 strikeouts in 20 frames. Cloyd joins D-backs stud prospect Trevor Bauer and four others in a tie for the Minor League lead with six wins.

Locke (3-2) was charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings to suffer the loss, ending his scoreless innings streak at 16.

Pirates top prospect Starling Marte missed his fourth straight game for Indianapolis and remains day-to-day with a hand injury.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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