After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

In five games since callup, Phillies' prospect has 5 RBIs

After error, Franco comes up big with the bat

DENVER -- Maikel Franco, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect according to MLB.com, had one of the hottest bats in Triple-A when they recalled him on Friday.

He has continued to hit in the bigs. Franco went 3-for-4 with one double and three RBIs in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. Franco doubled and scored in the second inning, singled to plate the tying run in the third inning and singled to score two runs to tie the game in the eighth inning. He is hitting .350 (7-for-20) with one double, one triple, one home run and five RBIs in five games.

Franco set career-highs in hits and RBIs Tuesday.

"He had a heck of a game at the plate," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Franco's game-tying single

But Franco also made a very costly error in the first inning which led to the Rockies scoring three unearned runs against Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang. Troy Tulowitzki hit a ground ball to third and Franco fielded the ball cleanly, but threw high to first baseman Ryan Howard. The ball tipped over Howard's glove, allowing Tulowitzki to reach safely.

"Just a bad throw," Franco said. "But I know what I'm doing wrong. Just one mistake. Everybody makes mistakes."

"We talked to him about playing a little too deep, generally speaking," Sandberg said. "The ground balls were getting to him so he had to rush it."

If Franco continues to hit like this and he makes that adjustment at third base, he could be a big boost to the Phillies' lineup moving forward. In fact, he already has.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.