Severino, a 22-year-old, had a rocky big league debut allowing seven runs in 2.2 innings as the Cardinals easily won the second game of the four-game series last nigh. In three starts at AAA, he had given up just nine runs.
Once again, walks continued to haunt the Phillies. They walked six and five scored.
While the offense continues to sputter, two youngsters continue impressive starts. Freddy had three hits for the third time in his last five games. Odubel has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games.
36-year-old Aaron, the Phillies most consistent starter, gets the nod tonight. Series ends with a 1:45 afternoon game tomorrow.
Players of the Week (April 20-26)
SS Malquin Canelo, Lakewood…The 20-year-old went 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles, a home run, five RBI, four walks, 18 total bases and a .533 OBP. He raised his average 90 points in one week. Canelo recorded five multi-hit games, including each of his last four where he combined to go 9-for-16 (.563). Canelo was signed by Phillies scout Koby Perez as an amateur free agent on April 19, 2012.
LHP Brandon Leibrandt, Clearwater…Leibrandt, a 22-year-old southpaw, continued his dominant start to the season with two strong outings against the Tampa Yankees. On April 21, he shut out the Yankees over seven innings, yielding only five hits while posting a season-high seven strikeouts. Five days later, he met up with Tampa again, this time holding them to just three runs (two earned) on two hits in six innings of work. For the week, Leibrandt went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA, seven hits and a walk (0.62 WHIP) and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings. He was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2014 draft and signed by Aaron Jersild.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-15)
Dropped a 3-1 decision to Durham. LV pitchers gave up 7 walks and 6 hits; for the season, 100 walks in 20 games. LP: Paul Clemens (0-2), 4-3-2-2-5-9.
Next: LHP Joely Rodriguez (0-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Durham.
Reading Fightin Phils (11-7)
RHP Aaron Nola (2-2) retired 21 of 27 hitters in winning, 3-2, at Richmond. His line: 7-5-2-1-0-5. RBI on a squeeze bunt. CF Ramon Quinn, fifth double, third triple, boosting average to .352. SV: Stephen Shackleford (3).
Next: LHP Jesse Biddle (2-0), 10:45 this morning at Richmond.
Clearwater Threshers (10-10)
Lost, 8-7, to Tampa with each team scoring 4 runs in the ninth inning. LF Andrew Pullin, 2 singles, 2 doubles (7), 2 RBI. C Andrew Knapp, single, triple, 3 RBI. 3B Mitch Walding, first HR.
Next: idle today; at Dunedin on Thursday.
Lakewood BlueClaws (9-10)
RHP Ricardo Pinto (2-0) was the winner, 3-1, at Augusta, 7-3-1-1-0-5. BlueClaws had 11 hits. LF Cord Sandberg, 3 hits; CF Carlos Tocci, 3 hits, his eighth multi-hit game. 19-year-old C Deivi Grullon, 2 hits, 3 RBI. RHP Matt Hockenberry, 4th save.
Next: LHP Josh Taylor (0-1), 7:05 tonight in Augusta.
Reading RHR Ryan O’Sullivan placed on DL with right hand fracture . . . Replacing him is RHR Lee Ridenhour from Clearwater.
Today in Phillies History
1981: Needing three strikeouts to reach 3,000, LHP Steve Carlton strikes out the side in the first inning against the Expos in FOUR minutes at Veterans Stadium. 3B Tim Wallach as #3,000.
Jim Bunning won the first game at Veterans Stadium and returned to throw out the first ball: on the 10th anniversary if the Vet (1981); when his uniform number was retired (2001); the final season opener in the Vet history (2003), and World Series Game #5 at Citizens Bank Park (2009). That has to be a record….most ceremonial first pitches.