Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
You have to love the fall. As noted in my last column, fall festivals are fabulous, and if you are a baseball fan, October baseball is the best. Baseball is a game that throws the unexpected at you daily, and that is exactly what happened last night as the Phillies’ forgotten man, the 25th guy on a 25-man roster came through last night.
Ben Francisco has had a season he would like to forget. He began the season as the Phillies’ starting rightfielder, but lost that job to Domonic Brown because he couldn’t hit consistently. Once Hunter Pence arrived via trade, Francisco saw even less time as John Mayberry, Jr. became part of a platoon in leftfield and was the primary righthanded pinch hitter off the bench.
Most Phillies fans forgot Francisco was even on the team until he came to the plate last night in the seventh inning of a scoreless playoff game. With the series tied 1-1, with two men on and two out, Francisco put a sweet swing on a sinker from St. Louis hurler Jaime Garcia that didn’t sink enough.
The three run blast into the Phillies bullpen was just enough of a cushion for the Phillies to hold on to a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 lead in the five-game series.