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.