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Jeff Francoeur drew three walks last night

Aug 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

Jeff Francoeur AP AP

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw the box score this morning, but there it was. Jeff Francoeur drew three walks in last night’s 4-2 win over the White Sox.

The three walks were actually a career-high for Francoeur. The free-swinging outfielder came into last night’s action with just 20 walks all season. He had drawn two walks in a game 18 previous times in his career, but never three.

Before you think that Francoeur is turning a new leaf at the plate, just realize that two of the walks were intentional. Perhaps the real headline here should be, “White Sox intentionally walk Jeff Francoeur twice for some reason.” To be fair, Chris Sale was able to work out of scoring threats both times he gave free passes to our old friend Frenchy. Still, this moment is worth filing away for posterity’s sake.

  1. paperlions - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Best evidence I’ve seen so far that the Mayas might have been right

    • rollinghighwayblues - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Another telling sign that made me a believer:

      June 2nd, Nick Punto hits a home run. Miguel Cabrera also hits a home run that day. The balls traveled the same distance. Both home runs traveled 444 feet each.

      How in the holy Tenochtitlan did Punto muster up enough power to drive a ball 444 feet? Only Pacal knows.

      • wlschneider09 - Aug 18, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Must have let him hit it four times.

  2. hotkarlsandwich - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Why so many posts on the Royals lately?

    • cktai - Aug 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Missouri coast bias.

  3. ptfu - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    More perspective: last night, Jeff Francoeur drew more walks than he did in the entire month of June (1), when he had 107 plate appearances.

    Frenchy fans need not fear: in his lone non-walk plate appearance last night, the Hacktastic One struck out.

  4. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    When Frenchy draws a walk, does he use pen and ink, charcoal, or Caran d’ache oil pencils?

  5. dondada10 - Aug 18, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Not mentioned is that during the first intentional walk, Frenchy swung and missed twice.

  6. dcdebacle - Aug 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    it is absolutely amazing to me that in his first few weeks of big league baseball, SI called him “the natural” and compared him to Micky Mantle. That’s like going on a successful first date with a girl and your friends calling you Brad Pitt.

  7. Chipmaker - Aug 19, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    He’s finally figured it out! See, those five or seven Sports Illustrated springtime articles have finally proven true!

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