Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of 2011: #8 Ben Fran Goes Deep

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This is our third annual “Top Ten Philly Sports Moments of the Year.” You can find lists from 2009 and 2010 here and here. We will be rolling out the moments over the next few days until New Year’s Eve. 

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the most important moment – for lack of a better term – of the Phillies’ 2011 season was… Ben Francisco hitting a home run. 

Scene: After the Phillies roared back to victory in Game 1, Cliff Lee pissed his pants in Game 2, blowing a 4-0 lead against the Cardinals. A loss in Game 3 would have forced the Phillies to win both Games 4 and 5 of the series (… which they wound up going 0-for-2 in…). At the time, Game 3 was of the rare must-win variety.

Cole Hamels battled Cy Young Jaime Garcia through six scoreless innings. In the seventh, however, the Phillies would finally get to the (apparently untouchable) Garcia. Shane Victorino singled, Carlos Ruiz was intentionally walked, and then Francisco stepped to the plate.

Boom: Benny Fresh hits a three-run blast to give the Phillies the lead. They would go on to win, 3-1, and then be held scoreless for 16 of the next 18 innings and have their season blown apart in horrific fashion, capped off by Ryan Howard shredding his Achilles on the final play. Fun times.

Video and Scott Franzke's call, after the jump.

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  1. The best part about this moment:
    My friend Mike and I were at a local bar watching this game. When Ben Francisco walked to the plate, a guy sitting next to us joked that Francisco was going to hit a home run. Both of us laughed and my friend Mike said “If Ben Francisco goes deep, I’m buying everyone at this bar a drink.”

  2. I remember thinking “another no-decision” for Cole and his heroic pitching performance. Benny Fresh came through big time!!

  3. That was probably one of the greatest pitching performances Cole Hamels had in 2011. Because it wasn’t easy. He grinded through it because there was absolutely no room for error, there was no other choice for him.
    That was an absolutely fabulous moment for Ben Francisco. Great, unexpected moments like that is why I love this game.

  4. hey dumbass if you were going to do they one by one day by day you should have started last week or the week before not 3 days before the year ends

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