Phillies starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez throws a pitch Tuesday night during the second inning of his Major League debut at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The first major league start for 22-year old Severino Gonzalez was far from perfect.
In fact, he may never want to relive it.
The Panama-born pitcher gave up seven runs in his two-plus innings of work, allowing 10 hits and two walks in the outing.
As for the rest of the team, they didn’t look so hot either, as the team fell to the Cardinals 11-5 and dropped to 1-1 on the road trip.
The only bright spot for the Phils (8-13) is Freddy Galvis’ 3-for-4 day, as the shortstop raised his average to .368 in his fifth three-hit game of the season.
Chase Utley was a pitiful 1-for-5, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz went a combined 0-for-7 and the hot hitter as of late, Odubel Herrera went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.
After Ben Revere singled to get on first on the first play of the game, Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg had Herrera bunt to move Revere to second, thinking Utley or Jeff Francoeur would bring him home. Utley struck out and Francoeur grounded out leaving Revere stranded on second.
Every time the Phillies got some runs on the board, it seemed as if the Cardinals responded, making the hole Gonzalez put the team in impossible to get out of.
Down 4-0 in the top of the third, Herrera got the team on track driving in Galvis on Herrera’s sixth double of the season. Utley singled Herrera in the very next play to bring the score 4-2.
The Cardinals added three more runs and Gonzalez was pulled after he allowed an RBI single by counterpart Michael Wacha. Phils’ Dustin McGowan threw a scoreless 1.1 innings of work.
Entering the top of the fifth, down 7-2, Galvis started a rally once again and then scored on a ground out by Herrera to make the score 7-3. Utley then drove in Grady Sizemore to bring the score to 7-4.
Reliever Jake Diekman allowed two more runs in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 9-5.
Revere was able to score on an RBI-double by Andres Blanco, but the Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the eight to put the game out of reach.
Matt Holliday, Matt Adams, Matt Carpenter, Jon Jay and Kolten Wong each had multi-hit nights while Jason Heyward reached base four times.
- Gonzalez and Ruiz became the first Panamanian-born players to start in the same lineup.
- Gonzalez is the youngest pitcher to start a game for the Phillies since Scott Mathieson in 2006. The team has had six other players start a game before their 23rd birthday since 2002.
- Dom Brown was eligible to return to the majors after finishing a 20-day rehab assignment after being removed from the disable listed. However, the team optioned Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The outfielder went 5-for-42 in his rehab assignment, Sandberg said Brown would stay in the minors until “he’s ready to come here and help us.”
On the mound Wednesday night for the Phillies in St. Louis is Aaron Harang (2-1, 1.37), who will face off with Carlos Martinez (2-0, 1.35). Harang has made more starts against the Cardinals than any other active player, starting 27 games with a 7-15 record and a 4.27 ERA. He has not beaten the Cards since 2009. The first pitch is schedule for 8:15 p.m.