May. 14, 2015
Never, ever run on Phillies Jeff Francoeur
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jeff Francoeur is a long way removed from his days as a Rookie of the Year with the Atlanta Braves in 2005. He's essentially a journeyman with a mediocre at best bat. But...the one thing he's not lost over time; a Rocket Arm.
Francoeur saved the day for a horrid Phillies baseball team Wednesday night with an incredible throw to finish a really bizarre 9th inning in the Phillies/Pittsburgh Pirates game.
The Phillies went to the bottom of the 9th with a 3-2 lead, but the Pirates had Steve Lombardozzi on 1st base with one out and Philadelphia closer Jonathan Papelbon on the hill.
Lombardozzi, a fast baserunner had taken a good lead when Papelbon turned and tried to pick him off. The throw sailed to the tarp between 1st base and right field. Lombardozzi ended up on 3rd base with one out;.
On the next pitch, Pirates hitter Jordy Mercer lofted a fly ball in foul territory in right field. That's when Francouer did what he still can do.
After circling the ball and catching it for the out moving forward, Lombardozzi broke for home. Frenchy launched a strike from near the wall, beating Lombardozzi by a good distance for the double play.
Game over, Phillies win 3-2.
Oh, by the way...Papelbon got the save for the game, his 113th as a Phillie, which makes him the teams all-time leader in saves...