The Franco Show

Franco 2 in NY

The Franco Show was a huge hit on Broadway.   Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen said on the radio that Franco put on a long-ball show during batting practice.  It continued in the game becoming the fourth Phillies rookie third baseman to hit a pair of home runs. He drove in five and made a spectacular play on defense. Not a bad for his debut in fabled Yankee Stadium.

The Phillies 12-game road losing streak ended, 11-6, giving the Phillies 20 runs in two consecutive wins.  Prior to that in 10 games, the scored a combined 19 runs.  In these two straight wins, they are 14-25 with RISP.

Since June 2, Franco has the most hits in the league with 32.  He certainly looks to be a building block for the future.  Two other potential blocks, Glavis and Hernandez, went 3-5 and 2-5 respectively.  The three combined to score eight runs and drove in seven.

Other Phillies third baseman with a two-homer game in his rookie season?  Should be an easy guess.  Scott Rolen (1996), Mike Schmidt (1973) and Dick Allen (1964).

Elias Sports Bureau
The only other rookie in Phillies history to register at least four hits, including two home and five RBIs in one game was Wes Chamberlain, 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBIs in a 9-3 Phillies victory over the Padres at Veterans Stadium on July 31, 1999. Franco is only the second rookie ever to produce a four-hit, two-homer game versus the Yankees. The first was the Marlins’ Bruce Aven on June 13, 1999 in Miami

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45)
Travel day on Monday.  Next: RH Severino Gonzalez, 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils (37-32)

Won their 3rd in a row over Portland, 3-2. WP: RH Zach Elfin (5-4), 6-6-0-0-0-4; SV: Shacklenford (15). SS J.P. Crawford, 2-4, extending hitting streak to 8 games during which he has 12 hits and 4 walks.  RF Kelly Dugan, 2-4, RBI; hitting .414.  CF Aaron Altherr, 1-3, 19th double; extending his hitting streak to 9 games, 15 hits and 5 walks. 1B Brock Stassi, 1-3, 15th double; 51st RBI, tops in the organization.
Nex: 7:05 tonight vs. Akron.

Clearwater Threshers (35-33)
Won 3rd straight as second half of the season started, 4-3, over Daytona. WP: RH Ricardo Pinto (1-0), 6.1-6-2-2-0-7. SV: Ulises Joaquin (6). CF Carlos Tocci, 3-4, 2 doubles.  1B Willians Astudillo, 3-4; C Andrew Knapp, 2-2, 12th and 13th doubles.
Three-day All-Star Game break over the weekend.
Next: 7:05 p.m. today vs. Daytona Beach.

Lakewood BlueClaws (33-35)
On 3-day All-Star Game break that started Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (4-0)
Defeated West Virginia, 7-4.  19-year-old RF Jose Pujols, 3-4, 11 for 17 in 4 games.  3B Jan Hernandez, 2nd HR. WP: Mitch Gueller (1-0), 6-6-3-1-1-4. SV: Jason Zgardowski (2).
Next: LH Denton Keys, 7:05 tonight vs. West Virginia.

Gulf Coast League Phillies
Won its opener, 5-2, vs. the Yankees in Tampa. David Buchanan, rehab start, 4-1-0-0-0-2. WP: Ranger Suarez (1-0), 4-2-0-0-1-2. 2B Jonathan Arauz, 2-5, 1st HR, 2 RBI. 1B Luis Encarnacion, 1-4, 1st HR, 2 RBI. DH Greg Pickett, 2-4, both doubles.
Next: 12 noon today at Carpenter Complex vs. Yankees.

Reading: added INF Harold Martinez from Clearwater and C Jose Mayorga from Lakewood. C Rene Garcia placed on bereavement list.

Clearwater: added INF Devin Lohman from Reading.

Where Are They Now?’s Paul Hagen’s latest feature is about the former Phillies outfielder who hit the first home run in the first night game at Wrigley Field…..but didn’t.  Check out the story at

Today In Phillies History
1971: RHP Rick Wise becomes the first pitcher ever to fire a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the game as he blanks Cincinnati, 4-0, at Riverfront Stadium. 3B John Vukovich snares Pete Rose’s hard liner to end the game.

1973: LHP Ken Brett sets a major league record for pitchers when he hits a home run in four straight games (9th, 13th, 18th). The fourth homer comes in a 7-2 victory at Montreal.

1986: Phillies destroy Chicago, 19-1, and set a modern league record with 15 extra-base hits and a new club record with 11 doubles. 2B Juan Samuel drives in six runs.  LHP Shane Rawley (10-4) beats LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1).

2012: Jim Thome hits his 609th home run and last with the Phillies, a walk-off blast to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Rays.  It is his 13th career walk-off HR, breaking the major league record shared by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx.  Win was the 900th for manager Charlie Manuel.


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