Monday, May 4, 2015

2015 Phillies Team Issue #30 Justin De Fratus

Phillies 6, Marlins 2
Game 26 - Sunday Afternoon, May 3rd in Miami
Record - 9-17, 5th Place, 7 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies came to life in a 6-2 win over the Marlins as Ryan Howard and Ben Revere paced the offense.

What It Means:  The five game losing streak is over, the sweep was averted and the Phillies will head to Atlanta next to open a three-game series with the Braves.

What Happened:  Severino Gonzalez notched his first Major League win, striking out five in his five innings of work while allowing only two runs.  Howard tied up the game 2-2 in the sixth with an RBI triple off Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart.  Grady Sizemore singled home Howard with the eventual winning run.  Revere added three hits and knocked in the first run for the Phils in the fifth.

In less pleasant news . . . Chase Utley went 0 for 5 and is now hitting .108.

Featured Card:  I don't often get to post cards of middle relievers, so I thought I'd go with a Justin De Fratus card today.  De Fratus has struggled a little this season, but he was able to look absolutely unhittable in this game.  Protecting a 3-2 lead, De Fratus entered in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the 3-4-5 hitters - Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Michael Morse - all swinging, on 10 pitches.

Transaction:  Following the game, Gonzalez was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as the Phillies won't need a fifth starter until May 12th.

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