By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s not often we get Phillies highlights these days, so we might as well enjoy them.
With a runner on third-base with one out in the ninth inning, the Phils held a one run lead on Wednesday’s night against the visiting Pirates. Jonathan Papelbon, facing Jordy Mercer, was looking for his record 113th save as a Phillie.
Papelbon forced Mercer to hit an ominous shallow fly ball to right-field. Pirates second baseman Steve Lombardozzi tug up from third-base, attempting to tie the game at three.
Francoeur came up slinging and nailed Lombardozzi at the plate to preserve the 3-2 Phillies win, making Papelbon the Phillies’ all-time saves leader.
“Ah man, I don’t even know what just happened,” Papelbon said. “I guess if there’s one way to do it, that’s the way to do it. Go out in an exciting way.”
Papelbon put a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue in Francoeur’s locker room after the game.
“That’s even better than a porterhouse,” Francoeur said with a smile.
Watch Francoeur’s throw here.