Mighty fast Quinn: Rookie out­fielder leads Phils past Pi­rates

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Ro­man Quinn flashed some needed spark and speed near the top of Philadel­phia’s lineup.

Quinn had two hits, two RBIs, a stolen base and made a big impression in his sec­ond ma­jor league game, lead­ing the Phillies to a 6-2 vic­tory over the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates on Mon­day night.

A day af­ter he was pro­moted to the big leagues, Quinn hit sec­ond and played right field in his sec­ond straight start. Quinn, an ac­com­plished base stealer and the Phillies’ sec­ond-round draft pick in 2011, could be a fix­ture in the out­field next sea­son.

With the Phillies long out of con­tention, man­ager Pete Mack­anin is likely to take a long look in Septem­ber at a player who could be­come a starter in 2017 when they hope to inch to­ward con­tention.

Quinn dou­bled in the sec­ond and sixth in­nings to help the Phillies snap a seven-game home los­ing streak.

“I strained my oblique in June and didn’t think I was go­ing to get a call-up at all,” he said. “I just had good peo­ple around me. My par­ents helped me a lot and my fi­ancé helped me a lot, too. They helped me keep my con­fi­dence and they en­cour­aged me a lot.”

Quinn’s two-run dou­ble in the sec­ond one-hopped the wall as part of a five-run in­ning that made it a short night for Pi­rates starter Ger­rit Cole (7-10).

The 26-year-old Cole al­lowed five runs in two in­nings in his first start off the dis­abled list.

He was side­lined with el­bow in­flam­ma­tion and hoped his re­turn could boost a Pi­rates team that is all but out of the NL wild-card race.

“I know he’s not pleased with the re­sult, and with the prepa­ra­tion he put into tonight, it’s un­der­stand­able,” man­ager Clint Hur­dle said.

Cole threw 29 of his 55 pitches for strikes — and two of his Ks were against Ryan Howard.

Once one of the most feared hit­ters in base­ball, Howard is limp­ing to­ward the fin­ish line of his fi­nal sea­son with the Phillies. He en­tered hit­ting .195 and each hit­less game puts even a measly .200 av­er­age out of reach.

Howard’s fail­ure this sea­son put pres­sure on oth­ers around him to pro­duce, no­tably Maikel Franco. Franco was fan­tas­tic in 80 games last sea­son and showed just enough (14 homers, .280) at the plate to show he could be the third base­man of the fu­ture.

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