Saturday, April 6, 2013

Frandsen comes through in the clutch with walk-off double

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

Kevin Frandsen hit a walk off three-run double to the gap in right-center field to give the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Royals on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. 

Pinch-hitting for Humberto Quintero, Frandsen drilled a first pitch fastball from Royals' closer Greg Holland.

"He gave him a fastball to hit, that's the way it goes," manager Charlie Manuel said. "A win like this picks you up, gives you a lot of life and a good attitude."

Holland opened the frame with three consecutive walks to Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Michael Young. He then struck out Domonic Brown and John Mayberry before surrendering the shot to Frandsen.

John Lannan, making his Phillies debut, tossed seven strong innings, scattering five hits while surrendering three runs. He struck out five and walked none.

"He gave us a lot tonight, he pitched really well," Manuel said.

The Phillies collected just two hits prior to Frandsen's double in the ninth. 

The Royals scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning on a Miguel Tejada fielder's choice and an Elliot Johnson single. The Phillies answered with a run in the bottom of the frame via a Ben Revere RBI single, but the Royals pushed their lead to 3-1 in the seventh on a Tejada RBI double. 

Luis Mendoza tossed six innings for the Royals, striking out seven. He walked three.

The two clubs will complete their three-game series on Sunday with Cole Hamels set to face James Shields.

- Patrick Gordon is managing editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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