New game, new hero for the Phillies last night with Franco coming up big for the Phils- he gets the double shower on the field
The game of baseball is a strange game. The night prior to last, Aaron Altherr was the hero, going 4-5 with 5 RBI, he was in the lineup again last night but went 0-6 on the night (and had a lapse of judgement at the end of the game forgetting to touch 2nd base to complete the game wining hit by Franco). The Phillies pulled together as a team and earned the second victory in a row over the Giants though last night. The heroics didn't happen to the bottom of the 12th, the Phils loaded the bases and Maikel Franco just banged out a hit scoring Tommy Joseph to put this game in the victory column for the Phillies.
An inning before the win, the Phils had runners in scoring position but couldn't bring anyone home, usually that's a really bad sign when you're in extra innings. The team held solid though and kept the Giants back on their heels on the offense. The Giants hadn't had too many opportunities to win this game, but they did have a runner on in the top of the 11th by the name of Hunter Pence, David Hernandez was pitching for the Phils. Despite having Buster Posey up to bat next, the Giants just couldn't get anything going offensively and allowed the Phils to stay in this one.
Starting pitcher Aaron Nola was scratched before game time, he'll go to the DL for an undisclosed problem with Nola's elbow. Perhaps that is why his starts have been so erratic in the last few that he's had with the Phillies.
Ryan Howard has been hot since he's been back into the lineup, he hit another HR last night, he and Cameron Rupp went for back-to-back home runs in the 7th inning to make it a 4-2 game in the favor of the Giants at the time.
Franco probably should have been the Phillies representative at the All-Star Game, his overall performance on this team is tops.
The Phils go for the sweep today at 1:05 PM before hitting the road again after this brief 3-game home stand with the Giants. The Phils head to the West coast for three games with San Diego and then 3 more with the LA Dodgers.
Notable last night:
Game time: 4:02
Phils earned their 50th victory of the season
Ryan Howard last night: 3-4 with a HR
Johnny Cueto had 10 SO for the Giants in his No Decision
Phil Klein made his debut for the Phillies in the spot start pitched 5.0 innings, gave up 8 H and has a 7.20 ERA in this game for it, but the Phils stayed in this game