Phillies Top 5: Highest-Scoring Games vs. Girardi, Yankees
5: June 23, 2015: Phillies 11, Yankees 6 (Away)
- Winning Pitcher: Ken Giles
- Losing Pitcher: Dellin Betances
- Phillies Total Hits: 11
- Yankees Total Hits: 13
- Phillies Total Errors: 1
- Yankees Total Errors: 1
Third baseman Maikel Franco‘s career night on June 22, 2015, against the Yankees would carry over to the June 23, 2015, contest between both teams. He went yard and produced five RBI for the second straight game.
Two of the RBI came in the ninth, when with the game tied, Franco delivered a two-run double to lift the Phillies to the 11-6 win. Earlier in the game, he launched a three-run home run to right against Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia, giving the Phillies the 6-3 advantage. In the game, catcher Cameron Rupp hit his first major-league home run, also against the former Cy Young Award winner.
Sabathia’s final line: 4 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 home runs allowed.
The game, which began with a 1 hour, 21-minute rain delay, lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes. With the Yankees’ loss, it was just the third time they ever allowed at least 11 runs in three straight contests. The previous occurrence was in 2000. Then-Yankees manager Joe Girardi described the loss: “It’s not enjoyable to watch and it’s not enjoyable to be a part of.”
In total, over Franco’s first two career games at Yankee Stadium, the Azua, Dominican Republic, native went a combined 6-for-8 with five runs scored, three home runs, 10 RBI and one walk.
The Phillies’ 11 runs scored against the Girardi-led Yankees, twice occurring in 2015, was not the most runs they ever produced in a single game against him.
Four times during the 2006 season, while Girardi led the Florida Marlins, the Phillies scored 11 or more runs. Twice that September, they came out on top with 14-run outbursts.
Ironically, the only time the Phillies were ever shut out by a Girardi-led team was not while he was with the Yankees. Rather, with the Marlins on September 10, 2006, a 3-0 defeat in which southpaw Cole Hamels suffered the final losing decision of his rookie season.
Hamels would finish the year 2-0 over his last three starts, posting a 2.66 ERA and 28-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio spanning 20 1/3 innings.
His final rookie season loss against Girardi could have had a domino effect on how his career would unfold in the subsequent seasons. Better yet, now-free agent Hamels and Girardi could both be donning red pinstripes come spring training.