In the spirit of Broadway, Maikel Franco put on an encore performance in New York on Tuesday that even the Yankees couldn’t help but applaud.
After going 4 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in the Phillies’ 11-8 victory in their series opener against the Yankees on Monday, third baseman Maikel Franco again lifted the struggling Phils to victory on Tuesday.
Again with five RBI.
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The Dominican rookie, who was penciled in by manager Ryne Sandberg at first base for Tuesday’s game, went 2 for 3 with five RBI with a two-run double and a three-run homer to Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right field off starter C.C. Sabathia.
Both run-producing hits came when the tie was scored.
"I want to preserve the moment," Franco said after the game. "I want to have fun."
The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Franco is the first player in Phillies history to record consecutive five-RBI games since the stat began being recorded in 1920.
"I don’t even know," Franco said when asked the last time he felt this confident at the plate. "I’m just like locked in right now and I’m just in a good moment."
The 22-year-old is terrorizing opposing pitching in June, and boasts a line of .405/.440/.759 after Tuesday night’s game.
Franco has hit safely in 18 of his 21 games in June, amassing a total of 32 hits in the process.
His performance on Tuesday was his fifth-consecutive multi-hit game, a stretch during which he’s gone 13 for 21 (.619) with three home runs and 11 RBI.
Thanks in large part to Franco’s heavy lifting on offense, the Phillies have now won three games in a row, a streak they haven’t achieved since mid-May.