The 'ol ballpark played small on Friday night.
Yeah it was like old times at Citizens Bank Park. Dingers were flying out of the place left and right, both wall-scrapers and bombs alike. And at the end of the slugfest, in which seven of the nine runs scored were off the longball, the Giants held on to beat the Phils 5-4.
San Francisco got a solo shot to dead center from their best player, catcher Buster Posey, off Luis Garcia in the 7th, for the go-ahead run. The Giants were also aided by a solo shot from third baseman Matt Duffy and a two-run homer from right fielder Justin Maxwell.
As for the Phils, Ryan Howard went yard in the 1st on Giants starter Tim Lincecum and, well, the video tells the story.
That gave the Phils and starter Jerome Williams an early 2-0 lead, but it wouldn't last long, as Williams served up Duffy's opposite field home run in the top of the 2nd. However, Williams redeemed himself a bit in the bottom half of the inning, scoring Cameron Rupp on an RBI double to the fence to make it 3-1, Phils.
However, Maxwell then tied it at three with his two-run homer in the 4th, and Brandon Crawford added an RBI single in the 5th to put the Giants up 4-3.
Williams, it turns out, is bad at all the pitching.
Jerome Williams pulled after 4 1/3 in a 3-3 game. His 5.54 ERA ranks 104th out of 109 qualifying pitchers. (Responsible for 2 runners on.)— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) June 6, 2015
Then, it was time for the Maikel Franco show once again, for the third time in four games tying a baseball game up at 4-4.
Maikel Franco pic.twitter.com/X482nVqrbo— Ryan G (@rgilbert526) June 6, 2015
Franco now has three homers in his last four games and seven RBIs, and his five home runs now puts him second on the team in just 79 at-bats.
Unfortunately for the Phils, they could not escape Buster Posey and his annoyingly effective bat. His solo homer to center gave San Francisco the 5-4 lead they would never relinquish.
The Phillies did have a golden opportunity in the bottom of the 7th, however, a mental mistake by Ben Revere helped kill the rally. With Andres Blanco on 3rd and Revere on 1st and one out, Jeff Francoeur hit a fly ball to shallow right field. Revere was running on the play and touched second base before turning around to scamper back to first without getting doubled off.
And Revere did that. The ball was caught, and it appeared the Phils would be facing a 1st and 3rd, two out situation. But Revere never re-touched second base on his way back to first. The Giants saw it, appealed at 2nd, and Revere was called out.
The inning was over before Chase Utley got a chance to hit.
It was the second mental mistake in as many nights, on the heels of Carlos Ruiz forgetting there was a force play at home last night, the play in which a runner was tagged out but Ruiz was called safe after Ruiz was said to have illegally blocked the plate. On a force play.
Anywho, the loss was the Phils' ninth in their last 11 games. They are now 2-5 on the homestand and a millionty games out of first.