Brignac steps in as Hernandez gets day off
PHILADELPHIA -- Cesar Hernandez needed a break and Reid Brignac needed an opportunity to play, so both got what they required Friday.
As luck would have it, Brignac played a huge role in Friday night's 6-5 victory over the Mets as the infielder knocked the walk-off single to win it in the 14th.
"Everybody was yelling at everybody to end it," Brignac said of the talk in the dugout before his at-bat. "It was like, 'Come on, let's go. Hurry up.' "
Hernandez struggled at third base in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He committed one physical error and one mental error, which led to a run in the fifth inning. Hernandez started playing third base this year.
Brignac, meanwhile, had just six plate appearances since joining the team May 9.
"A little break from the action for Cesar," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's having a chance to get some looks over there, get some plays. I think he's the type of player that will learn from mistakes. Just being aware of the baserunners, who's on first, who's on second, foot speed, some of that just comes from experience."
It does not sound like a promotion for the Phillies' No. 1 Triple-A prospect Maikel Franco is near, although general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said earlier this week it is a possibility.
"Not as we speak," Sandberg said, asked if Franco's arrival could be imminent.
Perhaps another Triple-A prospect could be closer. Right-hander Ken Giles has been throwing the ball well.
"Giles has had a string of good outings and he's gone back-to-back days," Sandberg said. "He's showing good signs of adjusting, improvement and consistency with the strike zone. He seems to be doing well."