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Severino Gonzalez Has Strong Second Start in Win Over Marlins, 6-2

Severino Gonzalez looked more comfortable on the mound for the Phillies during his second MLB start, working his pitches and getting batters out in contrast to his first go around.  Severino looked like he had better control of his arsenal as he struck out five batters over five innings, and gave up five hits and two earned runs.  He would finish up his final inning with a single and a double in the 5th and go on to get his first Major League win of the season, as he hopes to find a spot in the rotation going forward with the Phillies.

The major highlight of the day went to Ichiro Suzuki, as he stole second and third base on the Phillies before being driven in by a sacrifice fly off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, giving the Marlins the 1-0 lead in the first inning.  Severino did strike out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna in the inning.

Severino Gonzalez pitched a shutout 2nd inning and only gave up one hit to Ichiro Suzuki in the 3rd inning and two hits in the 4th.

The Phillies offense started to heat up when they got just their third runner on base in the bottom of the 5th inning.  The only hit to that point by the offense came on the lead off at bat by Ben Revere.  Darin Ruf tallied the second hit of the game in the 5th inning allowing Cesar Hernandez to advance into scoring position.  After Severino Gonzalez was unable to advance the runners and tallied a bunt strikeout, Ben Revere was brought back up to the plate.  Cesar Hernandez scored on a ball that dribble between the third baseman and short stop, tying the game at 1-1.

Severino got battered around to start off the bottom of the 5th inning, giving up one run on two hits after a ground ball through the middle of the field by Donovan Solano was followed by a double from Jhonatan Solano.  The score was left at 2-1 with the Marlins in the lead going into the 6th inning after Severino was able to escape the inning only giving up one earned run.

The Phillies were able to get to Cosart again in the 6th inning, and after a coaching visit to the mound, Ryan Howard hit his first triple since April of last year on a ball that rolled to the outfield wall, scoring Darin Ruf and tying the game at 2 runs.   In the next at bat, Grady Sizemore was able to give the Phillies a lead after he singled to left field scoring Ryan Howard from third and ending Jarred Cosarts’ day making the score 3-2, Phillies.  Asche, Hernandez, and Rupp would end the inning in order against A.J. Ramos.

Justin De Fratus came in to relieve Severino and was able to strikeout the side in the bottom of the 6th inning and continue his success on the mound.  De Fratus hasn’t had as much success as the rest of the bullpen, giving up a hit in every outing since Opening Day.

The Phillies picked up more runs off the bats of Darin Ruf and Ryan Howard in the top of the 7th inning, scoring Ben Revere and Chase Utley.  Just a note, this was only Ryan Howard’s third multi-hit game of the season thus far.  The Phillies ended the top of the 7th inning with a lead of 5-2, stranding two runners on base in an eight at bat inning.

Luis Garcia would come in to pitch for the Phillies in the bottom of the 7th inning, retiring the first two batters on three pitches.  After Luis walked Jhonatan Solano on five pitches, he was able to retire pinch-hitter Justin Bour on the first pitch of the at bat with a ground out to short and keep the score at 5-2.

The Phillies continued to lay on the hits in the 8th inning.  Cesar Hernandez drew a walk, and after stealing second base in Cameron Rupp’s at bat, he was driven home by Odubel Herrera making the score 6-2.  Odubel came in on a defensive substitution to start the 7th inning, which may have been Ryne Sandberg’s smartest move yet this year.  In an anti-climactic matter on the day, Chase Utley finished the 8th inning with a strikeout, continuing his 0-4 outing against the Marlins pitching.  Utley finished the day 0-5 with two strikeouts and left five on base (reaching on an error in the 7th).

The one-two punch of Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon would combine for the 8th and 9th innings to shut out the Marlins and end the Phillies losing streak with two strikeouts looking and one hit.  The final was 6-2 in favor of the Phillies as Severino Gonzalez gets his first hard earned win in the Major Leagues.

Next up are the Barves at 7:10 EST tomorrow to kick off the next series.

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