By Annie Ross
All of a sudden, the Phillies’ fine-fielding third baseman Maikel Franco has hit a rough patch.
Franco made two errors last night, doubling his season total. Franco was charged with his first on the first play of the game as Braves leadoff man Ender Inciarte hit a shot down the third-base line. Franco made another gaffe in the seventh inning, allowing Mallex Smith to reach on a two-base error as his throw sailed into the stands. Smith came around to score to put Atlanta ahead, 3-1.
Franco was almost charged with a third error in the eighth inning after he bobbled an Erick Aybar grounder, but Aybar was called out at first after a replay review.
“It was a tough moment, I want to make every play,” Franco said. “Today just happened, it’s part of the game. I’m going to try to forget it.”