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Jeff Francoeur makes his big-league pitching debut in Phillies’ loss

Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jeff Francoeur.
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jeff Francoeur. The Associated Press

A year ago, former Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur tried his hand at pitching a few times while at Class AAA El Paso.

On Tuesday, Frenchy took the mound for the Phillies, who were crushed 19-3 at Baltimore.

Francoeur struck out the first batter he faced in the seventh inning and tossed a scoreless frame. He allowed two runs in the eighth (including the Orioles’ eighth home run of the game!), walked three and hit a batter.

“I kind of got to experience everything that a pitcher probably experiences over a year in two innings,” Francoeur told reporters after the game.

The loss capped a winless nine-game road trip for the Phillies.

“Worst road trip I’ve ever been on as far as just the way we lost games,” Francoeur told reporters. “We were in a bunch of games and just lost them at the end, or one hit here or one pitch there.”

Obviously, Tuesday’s game was an exception. However, French can take solace in this fact: He was the only Phillies pitcher to toss a 1-2-3 inning, when he first came on in the seventh.

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