Ben Francisco put a bow on his sterling spring with a three-run homer in the Phillies 7-6 win over the Astros Monday afternoon.
Francisco finished his spring hitting .385/.467/.677 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. Raul Ibanez raked a double, walked twice and scored two runs, while Shane Victorino went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and an assist from center field. Luis Castillo reached base in both at bats with a hit and a walk, scoring twice. In 22 plate appearances, the second baseman is working a .364 on-base percentage for the Phils. Former Nittany Lion Nate Bump got the win on the mound, scattering eight hits in five innings and surrendering just one run, and Danys Baez contributed a scoreless sixth. Once again, the Phils filled the later frames with a deluge of fresh faces, including relievers Derrick Loop, Mike Cisco and Ebelin Lugo. Having finished with a Grapefruit Leauge-best 20 wins (tied), the Phils head north for the On Deck series with the Pirates. - Written for Beerleaguer by Matt Grassie