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Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series. Francisco batted for pitcher Cole Hamels and broke open a scoreless game with a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning.
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Ben Francisco's season began with much hope and anticipation.The journeyman outfielder had been handed the starting job in right field albeit somewhat by default as the heir-apparent, Domonic Brown, suffered an injury. Still, the thinking was Francisco only needed a guarantee of steady play to prove his abilities.Things didn't turn out, at least not until last night.Francisco...
Thanks to Ben Francisco, the Phils are one victory away from the NLCS. Francisco hit a three-run pinch homer in the seventh and Philly beat the Cardinas 3-2 to seize a 2-1 series lead.
Ben Francisco, who did not have a home run since May, pinch-hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning to break up a pitchers’ duel.
Ben Francisco came through in a "pinch" to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 win in Game 3 of the NLDS as the Phillies closed to within one win of advancing to their fourth-straight NLCS.
Francisco hit a two-out, pinch-hit homer in the top of the seventh to get the Phillies on the board against Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (0-1). Up to that point the Phillies had managed just...
Score and situation: After being stung by a big comeback in the previous game, the Philadelphia Phillies took a big step toward their fourth straight NLCS with a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. The Phillies lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and also have home-field advantage back, should they need it.
Leading lads: Ben Francisco, come on down! He tattooed...
Ben Francisco went from a forgotten man on the roster to October hero with one sweet swing of the bat Tuesday night. And he put the Phillies within a game of reaching the National League Championship Series in the process.
ST. LOUIS—Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St.
Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart, and the Philadelphia Phillies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in their NL playoff series.
ST. LOUIS - Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco and closer Ryan Madson made manager Charlie Manuel's moves look smart,...
Ben Francisco's pinch-hit, seventh-inning three-run home run snapped a scoreless contest and Ryan Madson recorded the final five outs, as the Philadelphia Phillies claimed a narrow 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of this NL Division Series from Busch Stadium.
The Phillies are one win away from reaching the National League Championship Series for the fourth straight season. Falling short last year to the Giants was heartbreaking, sickening, and just an overall fluke. The Phillies hold a 2-1 lead in the NLDS against the Cardinals headed into tonight. Taking Game 3 in St. Louis seemed like it took an eternity, barely squeezing by,...
Rhea Hughes talks with Ricky Bottalico about Ben Francisco coming up big for the Phils and Roy Oswalt hoping to finish off the Cardinals in Game 4.
Philadelphia leads series 2-1
The Phillies hold on after Ben Francisco's pinch-hit three-run homer breaks up a pitchers' duel between Cole Hamels and Jaime Garcia.
Game 4: Today, 5 p.m., TBSGame 3
Milwaukee leads series 2-1
Paul Goldschmidt hits a grand slam, and Josh Collmenter works seven effective innings...