Phillies aim to keep momentum going against Mets

Arrieta looks to lead Phillies to another win over Mets
Maikel Franco entered Monday hitting just .153 over his last 40 games. He lost his starting role at third base and became an afterthought on the bench. He showed signs of life last night though, clubbing a solo homer - ultimately the game-winner - to give the Phillies a one run lead en route to a much needed 13-7 win over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Franco finished 3-for-4 on the night with the homer, two singles, an intentional walk, and a pair of runs scored. He also made a pair of dazzling defensive plays at third base.

"You could tell right when he stepped in the batter’s box that there was a determination and a focus that we had not seen in some time," manager Gabe Kapler said.

The Phillies knocked 19 hits off Mets' pitching and their 13 runs surpassed their run total over the previous five games.

“We executed on our game plan to keep things light today and to come in with a little swagger,” Kapler said. “Sometimes the swagger pregame leads to a swagger in game. I think we got some of that back tonight and I think we’re on the right track.”



Tonight's Matchup
Jake Arrieta suffered a loss in his last outing, surrendering one run over six innings against the Nationals. He scattered two hits, walked one, and struck out three. He'll be opposed tonight by Walker Lockett who is making his second start of the year. He was knocked around in his first start of the season last week, surrendering six runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Tonight's Lineup
Kingery 8
Segura 6
Harper 9
Hoskins 3
Realmuto 2
Bruce 7
Hernandez 4
Franco 5
Arrieta 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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