Right-hander Severino Gonzalez, the Phillies' No. 6 prospect, was nearly flawless Tuesday night for Double-A Reading. He held Binghamton to just three baserunners in seven innings, but took his fifth straight loss as Reading fell, 2-0.
Gonzalez began the game by retiring the first 13 batters. He then issued a one-out walk in the fifth inning, and the next batter, Mets No. 5 prospect Brandon Nimmo, made him pay. Nimmo drove a pitch out to left field for a two-run home run, his first since being promoted to Binghamton last week.
The long ball has been something of a problem for Gonzalez. He has given up 12 of them in 94 innings, an average of 1.15 per nine innings.
After Nimmo's homer, Gonzalez recovered to strike out the next two batters and end the inning. He would allow just one more to reach base in his final two innings, but the damage had been done. Four Binghamton pitchers combined to hold Reading's offense scoreless.
Gonzalez finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings. He threw 81 pitches and allowed one hit, one walk and hit one. In 16 starts, he is 4-9 with a 4.88 ERA. He has struck out 72 and walked 19.