Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Chachi #50 Jeff Francoeur HL

Phillies 8, Marlins 7
Game 94 - Sunday Afternoon, July 19th
Record - 32-62, 5th Place, 19 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeff Francoeur provided the heroics with a walk-off, two-run home run to give the Phillies an 8-7 victory and the series sweep.

What It Means:  The Phillies have started the second half with a 3-0 record and they'll face the Rays for three games beginning tonight.

What Happened:  For the second game in a row, and as several Major League scouts looked on, Cole Hamels looked awful.  Hamels left after three innings having allowed five runs on eight hits while throwing 76 pitches on a scorching hot day.

The Phillies plated five runs in the second capped by home runs from Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis.  They took a 6-5 lead into the eighth, but Ken Giles couldn't preserve the lead.  Now trailing 7-6 heading to the ninth, Carlos Ruiz led off with a walk and Francoeur followed with his big hit a few pitches later.

Featured Card:  I don't feature Chachi Highlights cards for every walk-off win, but Francoeur has been one of the few first half bright spots for this team and I wanted to get him one more Phillies card before his inevitable trade in a few weeks' time.  Given the dearth of true Phillies highlights so far this season, I'll take my bright spots wherever I can get them.


Anonymous said...

I read something today that speculated that Frenchy might be worth more to the Phillies than the low-level minor leaguer they're likely to get in exchange, so maybe you'll get to see him pitch again.

Jim said...

Here's quickly becoming the one Phillie I actually hope they don't trade.