With yesterday’s win over the Brewers, the Phillies currently have a 9-9 record and .500 winning percentage. In an accomplishment that’s more an indictment of recent performance than actual current achievement, this marks the latest the Phillies have been at .500 since they were 12-12 on May 5th, 2014.
Yesterday’s win was fueled by the incredible performances of Odubel Herrera (3-for-4, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 HR, 2 SB) and Maikel Franco (3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI). Herrera is now leading the majors in walks with 17 and has a slash line with a correspondingly high on-base percentage: .283/.442/.433. With three home runs in the past two games, Franco has taken over the team lead in home runs at five and is sporting a thoroughly impressive slash line of his own: .299/.338/.552. Given that Herrera and Franco are the only two current Phillies position players with the potential to be key mainstays for the organization going forward, the two of them finding early success is obviously a welcome development.
The reason I’m writing up this brief post, however, is not because of their brilliant days at the plate, it’s because I wanted to be sure you had a place to appreciate that thing Maikel Franco did in the fifth inning. With a runner on second, no outs, Ryan Braun at the plate and Phillies reliever Andrew Bailey struggling in his season debut, Franco did this: