Jeff Francoeur is proving to be a regular “Jack of All Trades” for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas.
Not only is the outfielder the perfect prank victim, but with a Gold Glove and World Series experience, he’s also got some pretty solid Major League credentials. Oh, yeah…he’s also proving to be a rally killer on the mound.
Sunday night, “Frenchy” took the bump in the eighth inning of an 11-3 contest to stop the pain being inflicted on the Chihuahuas by the Las Vegas 51s. He faced three batters and set them down in order…even striking one out.
Two nights later, the 51s were at it again…only this time they were up 21-8 when Francoeur entered the ballgame to stop the bleeding. And, wouldn’t you know it, the 30-year-old duplicated his efforts from 48 hours prior and actually pitched the only perfect frame for the Chihuahuas all night.
Now, I’m not saying Francoeur should give up his regular gig as the team’s starting leftfielder, but dude has pitched two innings of perfect baseball and is batting a dismal .197. Then again, maybe he’s just trying to get the last laugh on a pitcher that proved to be deaf for nearly three weeks.
During the same two games that Francoeur pitched, Jorge Reyes also appeared, also threw two innings, but gave up four runs.
Who’s laughing now?