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Blanco ends 14-pitch AB with HR off his mug

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PHILADELPHIA -- Before Andres Blanco smashed a two-run home run off his own mugshot on the right-field scoreboard in the Phillies' 7-4 loss in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, he had perhaps the Phillies' best plate appearance of the season.

He saw 14 pitches in the fourth inning against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. He fouled off nine pitches, and he even lost his bat at one point.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Before Andres Blanco smashed a two-run home run off his own mugshot on the right-field scoreboard in the Phillies' 7-4 loss in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, he had perhaps the Phillies' best plate appearance of the season.

He saw 14 pitches in the fourth inning against Marlins right-hander Jose Urena. He fouled off nine pitches, and he even lost his bat at one point.

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"Wow," said Blanco, who hit a pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the twin bill. "I think that's my best at-bat ever. I don't think I ever fouled off that many pitches. That's good, man. I really needed something like that. It was a pretty good day. I'll sleep well tonight."

Video: MIA@PHI Gm 2: Extended cut of Blanco's home run

Blanco, who is hitting .174 in 115 at-bats this season, started the at-bat down 0-2 before eventually working the count full. He fouled off seven consecutive pitches -- letting his bat fly out of his hands and above the first-base dugout on one of the swings -- before connecting on a 97-mph fastball for his third homer of the season. The ball left Blanco's bat at 103.2 mph, according to Statcast™, and traveled a projected 402 feet.

A Phillies batboy tried to bring Blanco a different bat after he lost the first one on the dugout, but Blanco requested his original bat be retrieved. He got it back.

"It was longer and lighter," Blanco explained.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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