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Frandsen Saves the Day in Lannan’s Solid Debut

Kevin Frandsen the hero? Indeed. The Phillies got a huge ninth inning hit from Kevin Frandsen to beat the Royals, 4-3.


-With the bases loaded in the ninth, following ugly strikeouts from Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr., Kevin Frandsen unloaded them with a double to the wall, giving the Phillies their first home win of the season. Frandsen didn’t do too much and put solid contact on it. Game winner.


-John Lannan was by no means spectacular, but he was efficient and kept the Phillies well within striking distance. Lannan tossed seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five. A few untimely hits cost him some runs, but overall, you couldn’t ask for much more out of your rotation anchor. You’ll take 7 inn./3 ER every time.

-By no means is he overpowering, but Lannan beauitfully changes speeds. I recall him registering 92 on the radar a few times, then slowing it down with a 72 mph curveball. And Lannan’s location tonight was soild.

-Mike Adams made his debut and got out of the inning unscathed, but threw He got Alex Gordon swinging on a wicked off-speed pitch for the first out of the eighth. Billy Butler was able to reach on a hard hit single to left field, the only baserunner of the inning.


-No, not the Luis Mendoza from “D2:The Mighty Ducks”. This Luis Mendoza kept the Phillies from gaining any steam by throwing six innings and allowing just the one run. He fanned seven Phillies and had just five reach base (two hits, three walks).

-John Mayberry had two walks, which is a small victory after walking 34 times and striking out 111 times in 479 plate appearances last season.


-After the top half of the eighth inning, a good amount of fans made a run for the exits. Am I missing something? If you stayed for eight innings and it’s only a two-run game, why are you leaving? Didn’t like seeing that. This wasn’t the home opener where things fell apart completely in the middle innings. There was room to see a victory, and victory they would have seen.




  1. Joe a

    April 6, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Great hit by Frandsen, let’s go for the series win tomorrow.

  2. Don M

    April 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    If my math is correct, the Phillies have won 2 of their last 3 games… Sorry, “arc”… Looking forward to hearing from you again on May 1st!

    Sincerely, the winner of the bet

    • Ken Bland

      April 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      actually, I thought it was pretty funny thqt you offered him the bet since he’d already made it with me, and if need be, I will take the trouble to copy and paste it if he dares show up here again. You stand alone if you think your bet counted for anything.

      Course the real stupidity of it was The Braindead One wagering his entire future, and thinking he could pull one over and come back May 1st. Since its pretty likely withg his ballsy mentality that he thinks he’ll be able to, not to overexaggerate my importance in the equation, but the only question of interest in my mind is whether I go into complete or fractional massive verbal abuse on him for not paying the debt he incurred.

      One thing for sure. The guy will be an idiot after May 1. He will wish he was gone forever, for sure.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        April 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        I’m glad the bet was won, so that we can return to our erudite conversations of old without interruption. I think disagreements, negativity, as well as humor and positivity, are some of the highlights of being endowed with the right of free speech; however, nasty comments and name-calling, while not necessarily a violation of the free speech, have no place on a baseball blog, where there is no where for anyone, in the words of Justice Black, to “avert their eyes and ears.” Plus, I view being on this site as a privilege and a licensed agreement between the users and the owners of the blog, which because it is a privilege and license can be revoked, especially when comments cross the line of what the owners of the site deem as “friendly banter.” Good for you, Don M. and Mr. Bland. This site is my favorite of all the Phillies blogs for that reason because the majority of users are great guys, with differing and varied views, who might not always agree, but do so respectfully and often humorously, whether Ivy -League or blue-collar, neither matter on this blog, but baseball and the Phillies. Sorry for the verbose treatise, but I wanted to elucidate and convey my thoughts that I have held in the past few days. Go Frandsen! Go Phils! and Go Phillies Nation! Keep rocking.

      • arc

        April 7, 2013 at 12:14 am

        I am a man of my word, and so I shall honor our bet and post on this site no more. Ken, I am sure you will be lauded a hero by some, and rightfully so. You, and you alone had the balls to put your “money where your mouth was”. Congrats on your win, even though you and I know you were “pi**ssing in your boots” up till that last fluke hit, and horrible KC management; but you stood by your irrational phanaticism that irks me so much.
        If you looked at the stats, there was really no way you could have justified believing the phils would take two of their last 3. In that regard, I made the rational bet and lost, and you the irrational one and won.
        But, your chance win, im sure pales in comparison to the fact that you got rid of me, and as such; congrats.

        To all my Phillies fans; pessimist and optimists alike, Go Phillies!!!!

      • arc

        April 7, 2013 at 12:22 am

        By the way Mr. Delahanty, just to point out your hypocrisy, If you see the other posts(read above) involving this wager, the only one that is, and have been name calling and making nasty comments are “your buddies”. So, Good luck on that!!!

      • George

        April 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

        Just accidently read arc’s supposed congratulations. Even in these, he shows an arrogant, holier-than-thou attitude, claiming basically that the “irrational” viewpoint won, as if it were all a matter of some bizarre decision of the fates, and that he was still right. He then goes on to call Mr. Delahanty a hypocrite, but also says he’s never called anyone names.

        I won’t miss him (or it) whatsoever, because I don’t normally read tripe. I hope he goes back to the slime pond wriggled out of and stays there. For days, he turned this site into a sandbox yelling match, and we should all stay above that level.

      • Ryne Duren

        April 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

        in reply to big ed’s reply. you’re so right big guy i agree with you wholeheartedly. this is the best site . and we all don’t agree on everything, but we all have the same goal also. and that is to see the phils win. i have respect for all the commentors here, sometimes people have responded to some of my comments. and if they weren’t the same views as mine? well i’m not gettin my panties in a twist about it. and i have a rule for myself. don’t take anything personal that people say. they’re just making an opinionated comment. god bless all you guys.

  3. frank

    April 6, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    You never know from day to day. Baseball is awesome.

  4. Don M

    April 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Time for Cole Hamels to be Cole Hamels tomorrow

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    April 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    My apologies, as I cannot believe I forgot all of the hard-working Phillies Nation team members who consistently produce excellent and informative articles, up-dates, and analysis. Kudos! Here’s hoping Cole is “lights out” tomorrow.

  6. Betasigmadeltashag

    April 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I am going to give Dom a pass this one time with that 9th inning at bat. A little over hyped to be a hero, those pitches he swung at where on the ground out of Hollins hand. In addition JMJ did get robbed because that third strike was a ball all night, but saying that after Dom’s at bat I would not have minded if JMJ was first ball fast ball swinging, like Frandsen did. Holland had to throw a first pitch strike after 3 walks. Chase showed what makes him the man twice tonight, first letting a very hittable pitch go by to give JRoll a chance to steal a base, then in the 9th 3-1 count knowing they needed base runners took a pitch. That is confidence that he is the man. I thought Lannan pitched a great game for your #5 pitcher against a pretty good offensive team going 7 only giving up 3 runs if he can do that 3 or 4 times out 5 starts he will be worth the money he is getting. Can Frandsen play RF his is batting 1.000 right?

  7. Lefty

    April 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Hot dayyyym! Happy camper here. Very pleased with Lannan, and the unbelievable PA’s in the ninth making Holland throw to them. Then KF comes through again. Reminds me of old Ted Sizemore from the the late 70’s, just gets it done when you really need it. Or as HK used to say “Time and time again, Ted Sizemore comes through. Way to go KF.

  8. Bart Shart

    April 7, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Lannan was prepared and did a fine job. Frandsen is golden tonight.

  9. Bruce

    April 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I too wonder why so many “fans” left the game early when the margin is only two runs and the Phillies still have some life yet entering the last inning. Well they missed a great ‘walk-off” ending with Frandsen’s big hit. I read too that tonight’s crowd is the smallest in four years (below 40,000).

    I hope the manager will give Frandsen more playing time besides pinch hitting, It would be a shame to waste Frandsen as he continues to sit on the bench.

    Thankfully, Lannan pitched decently into the late innings to avoid the use of “middle” relievers that are struggling right now.

    I noticed there is a trend developing with Dominic Brown’s failures in hitting with men on base. He has just one RBI in the early going. Can’t help but think about what Darin Ruf might have present with RISP (smile),

    I managed to catch the last inning of the Braves-Cubs in Atlanta with MLB Extra Innings free preview on Comcast. Another amazing walk-off win involving the Upton brothers, each mashing a HR to tie and win the game for the Braves. The team have one scary power-packed line-up..woo!

    • Jeff T

      April 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

      I’ll admit that I was one of those who left the game in the top of 9th. Not due to lack faith in a Phillies comeback (although I was by no means confident we’d pull it out either) but rather due to the fact that neither I nor my fiance could feel our extremities. Also we live in Wilmington so waiting to the end woulda meant an extra 30 minutes in the parking lot. I can honestly say I would have left the game regardless of the score or who was up. We both usually stay til the last out regardless, but for some reason, we found it particularly cold.

  10. Bob in Bucks

    April 7, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Here is a simple rule – NEVER leave the game. Especially when your home team is losing. For you lose the opportunity to see the most beautiful thing in the world – the comeback! I have seen comebacks from 7 runs down. You must suffer in order to obtain the joy!

  11. Andrew From Waldorf

    April 7, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Winner winner
    chicken dinner.

    I wont be watching every Sat and Tue night till June 4th.

    I can be bribed into not watching any games.

    I will miss you ARC.

  12. Don M

    April 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Arc, come back in May.. We’ll miss you.

  13. art kyriazis

    April 7, 2013 at 1:57 am

    great outing by John Lannan aka Mr. Norwegian Wood John Lennon, and great hitting by Kevin Frandzen, who is showing early on he can swing the heavy lumber.

    nice win for the Phils, and reminiscent of the their thrilling Game 5 victory in the 1980 world series coming from behind to win 3-2 before coming back to Philly to clinch it all behind Steve Carlton and the Tugger.

    The Royals are owned, btw, by a division of Wal Mart.

    Art K, Philly

  14. Brooks

    April 7, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Winning is the only important thing. It was exciting and so happy for the W.

    But please, analyze this?
    The payroll on the Phils team is stacked on key players as it should be – and the hero’s of last nights games are the #5 pitcher – whom I never had much respect for (especially after hitting Chase Utley) and a backup infielder who probably will not see much more playing time, regardless of his heroics last night and kudos to Quintero who was able to snag a sleeping Tejada off third base (well done).
    As Ricky Bo said in the post game show, a PH is looking for one thing and one thing only, a fastball to drive and there it was. A gift from the lowly Royals (who cares if they tore up ST?) –
    when the starting lineup was announced for the Royals I think I recognized perhaps 2 names (Tejada and Francoeur) , the starting pitcher who has never settled into a starting role (he did start 25 games last year and was 8-10) and sports a career ERA of 5.31 coupled with a WHIP of 1.52 struck out 7 Phils?
    Hey, I’ll take a win anyday, and anyway but its time for the big money to start earning their keep. Lets start with Hamels today. Throw in some Revere, Rollins, Howard, Young, the highly touted Mr. Brown with RISP and on and on…

  15. Philliedelphia

    April 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I have to admit i was part of the crowd who trekked out before the game ended yesterday. It felt like a waking nightmare of 2012 came back to kill us alive. BUT today is very different , I was glued to my seat 7th inning onwards. I’ve seen our team do it before , and they did! We devoted Phillies Phans live for this! Tomrw knowing Cole Hamels style, if he gets beaten the first time around, he’ll come back with a vengeance in Game 3! Go Phils!

  16. Fritz

    April 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I hope Frandsen gets some more playing time.Maybe he is a late bloomer.
    Go Cole!

  17. Chuck A.

    April 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    arc won’t come back. It’s a shame because I would love for him to be proven wrong AGAIN. Don, I was a little nervous for ya, man. Guess if you run into Kevin Frandsen anywhere you need to buy him a beer!

    As for the game….well….I had this function to go to that ended a little before 9. Turned on the radio on the way home and was immediately depressed. BUT…I knew they had a chance so I turned on the TV and proceeded to watch one of the most enjoyable 9th innings ever. WOW. I mean just WOW. Although what the hell was Domonic Brown doing up there???

    With Cole going today they have a great chance to be 3-3 at the end of the weekend. I think he pitches a pretty good game and leaves Opening Day in Atlanta.

    • Don M

      April 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

      I was sweating a little – and while I didn’t think Frandsen would clear the bases with a walkoff winner … I was confident that he would at least make contact there.

      And I would’ve held up to my end of the bet …….. I was just tired of a certain someone trying to bully fans/readers of this site … so I decided to step up and take one for the team .. just so happens that it worked out in my favor.

      Though I honestly don’t care if he comes back today, tomrw, or May 1st …. not tying to turn fans off – just trying to show that it’s alright to be confident in the Phillies from time to time

  18. Ken Bland

    April 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    As last night’s game only had scant gripping moments, my mind wandered to today’s lineup. I wondered if both Galvis and Fransden would get shots, and if Mayberry played for something other than gut expectation, I just haven’t run across an explanation. Mayberry against Big Game doesn’t seem too promising, but after all, this like all sports, is The Sport of the Unexpected.

    I have no doubt RyHo will play.I might think about spotting Bennie a day, which puts Mayberry in ther lineup in a different spot Anywqay, that’s the Chuckster’s job.

    This really has become an easy to remember long series. Major reversals in the first two, and two very good pitchers trying to claim 2 of 3. If Bo Jack and Sweeney had been part of the drill and thrown out the first pitches in Games 2 and 3, I might even go so far as to call it the Perfect Series. Well, if the Phils win today would be another pre req, but that’s there for the taking.

    • Ken Bland

      April 7, 2013 at 11:06 am


      Check out the rightfielder…..

      1. Ben Revere (L) CF

      2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS

      3. Chase Utley (L) 2B

      4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B

      5. Michael Young (R) 3B

      6. Domonic Brown (L) LF

      7. Erik Kratz (R) C

      8. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF

      9. Cole Hamels (L) P

      And for the Royals

      1. Alex Gordon (L) LF

      2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

      3. Billy Butler (R) 1B

      4. Salvador Perez (R) C

      5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

      6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

      7. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF

      8. Chris Getz (L) 2B

      9. James Shields (R) P

  19. Ken Bland

    April 7, 2013 at 11:03 am

    In checking out the Pigs opener the other day, the results were pitiful, and although I’ve slept since then, I re mem mem re remember Jake was Jake, Sutes was yuck, and Tyler Cloyd was doing a Roger Craig ’62 Mets imitation. Friday night, the score indicated don’t even look at this, but some positive stuff last night as they overtimes the Cuse. Adam Morgan, boxscore wise appears to have pitched 6 solid innings (1 longball), and the fascination with Cesar Hernandez had spirit with 4 base hits. Forgotten Joe Savery picked up the save with an inning and .667. But as always, the big story was the multi hit game by that Ernie Banks play alike, The Mart that’s known as Mini. 2 ribs, to boot.

    Jake had another less than scintillating outing, giving up a pair of hits in an inning, but no walks, so his WHIP still trails Chris Davis’s BA. Unfortunately, Cody K’d 3 times, but so did Babe Ruth once or twice. Splitsville on the series with a win today.

  20. Dr. Dave

    April 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I was so angry , watching the game in the 9th. Utley, Howard, and Young work the pitcher for 3 straight walks. First pitch to Brown, right down the middle, taken for a stricke followed by 2 in the dirt that he swings at. Mayberry, strkie on right down the middle and then called out. I’m yelling at Frandsen: hit the 1st pitch!

    The rest is his-to-ry!

    Lannan kept us in the ballgame!

  21. Dr. Dave

    April 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Q nice pickoff of Tejada. Nice play by MY being there to catch it.

    • Lefty

      April 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Wait, you caught it? Who’s on first? What’s on second?

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