In a few days, Chase Utley will return to the Phillies’ active roster, and the everyday lineup that Ruben Amaro Jr. drew up in long and dreary winter days will finally be together again. At that point, Kevin Frandsen will return to his spot as one of the first guys off Charlie Manuel’s bench. Which is a shame in a way, because the 31-year-old journeyman has been one of the guys who has kept the Phils’ ship from sinking in the rough sea of injuries. Frandsen chipped in again with a huge hit, connecting on a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to help Philadelphia post some much-needed insurance runs during a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night before 38,188 at soggy Citizens Bank Park. With the win, Philadelphia moved into a second-place tie with the Nationals, the team that many picked to represent the National League in the World Series. Frandsen has been one of the bright spots for an offense that has appeared completely lost at times during June. Since June 1, Frandsen is hitting .357 (10-for-28) in 11 games. And on Tuesday night, his spot in the lineup was huge in a sixth inning that appeared to be collapsing for the Phils. After Michael Young (3-for-4 with three doubles) had knocked Ben Revere in on a ball that rattled around in the right-field corner to give them a 2-1 lead, the Phils saw Jimmy Rollins single and Ryan Howard get hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out. However, Nationals starter Ross Detwiler got both Domonic Brown and Delmon Young to swing at outside pitches and strike out for the first two outs of the inning. Frandsen followed, got ahead in the count and then roped a liner to left that bounced just in front of Steve Lombardozzi.
Frandsen's hit proves big as Phils win
PhillyBurbs.com | Jun 19