Top Moment #5: Ben Francisco’s Moment of Clutch – Phillies Nation

Top Moment #5: Ben Francisco’s Moment of Clutch

Photo: Jeff Roberson, AP

One moment can define a career for a player, especially if it happens in October. Ben Francisco had one of those career defining moments in the third game of the National League Division Series.

Cole Hamels kept the Cardinals scoreless over six frames. However, Jaimie Garcia was pitching just as well — that is, until Francisco changed everything with one swing of a bat.

With two on and two outs, Francisco was called on to pinch hit for Hamels. Because of Francisco’s struggles throughout the season and the way Hamels had been pitching, the move was somewhat questionable. Luckily for the Phillies, it payed off as Francisco had the hit of his career.

Garcia left a pitch up in the zone and Francisco hammered it. The ball sailed into the Phillies’ bullpen in left-center field at Busch Stadium. Just like that, the Phillies took a 3-0 lead and all Ben Francisco criticism was put aside. The Cardinals would go on to score two, but it wasn’t enough as Francisco’s blast was the storyline.

The 3-2 win put the Phillies up 2-1 in the series. It seemed liked the Phillies had the momentum and would easily take the series, but we all know how it ended. Despite the unfortunate NLDS outcome, Francisco’s home run will forever remain as a Phillies clutch postseason moment.



  1. Robert Petti

    January 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    i think with the team and the bench players we can go all the way and win the whole thing if everyone is health
    please write back
    rob petti

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    January 29, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I think this one skelled bench player won ONE of the TWO playoff games the 102 regular season win phillies got in 2011.
    He hadnt hit a home run since May 25th. But he miracled Ruben another pair of aces.
    And a playoff game win.
    But they still lost the series.
    And now all the old guys are back for one more go around.

    It aint health or pitching or bench.

    Its the regular line up.

  3. brooks

    January 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Benny, his first hr since April.
    It was a big one for sure and VERY unexpected.

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