HOUSTON -- Kevin Frandsen has been a hitting machine for the Phillies, who need his bat from the right side, since the Phillies traded away right-handed-hitting outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino this summer.
The third baseman entered Saturday hitting .341. His 37 hits in August tied for third most in the National League. He had two of the Phillies' 16 hits on Friday.
But Frandsen is especially tough on left-handed pitchers. He's hitting .417 (15-for-36) against left-handed pitching this season, including .579 (11-for-19) since Aug. 19.
"It's one of those things where you go out, have a good at-bat no matter whether it's left-handed or right-handed," said Frandsen. "Maybe you have more success against a left-hander here or there but I've faced a lot more righties than I have lefties."
Ruiz gets day off, likely back on Sunday
HOUSTON -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz was out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Saturday as manager Charlie Manuel was giving Ruiz a day off as he recovers from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
"He'll play tomorrow probably. I'll try to get him in the game tomorrow," said Manuel, who had Erik Kratz as his starting catcher against Houston's Dallas Keuchel.
In Friday's 12-6 rout of the Astros, Ruiz felt good after the game even though his foot isn't completely healed from the partial tear. Ruiz, who scored twice on Friday, felt well on Saturday, but Manuel didn't want to start Ruiz in consecutive games. Not yet.
"I was giving him two or three days for a layoff, but I'm going to start playing him every other day at least to see where he's at," said Manuel. "I'll turn him loose eventually when I can."
Ruiz, who came off the 15-day disabled list on Sept. 7, is hitting .400 (30-for-75) with runners in scoring position since he started the season 1-for-11.
Rollins providing steady production leading off
HOUSTON -- Overlooked a bit in Philadelphia's upswing has been the production of shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has 20 home runs and 61 RBIs from the leadoff spot entering Saturday's game at Houston.
"When you talk about shortstops I think of [the Yankees' Derek] Jeter, [the Marlins' Jose] Reyes and guys like that," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "His run production is better than those guys."
In Friday's 12-6 win over the Astros, Rollins scored twice and homered to right field off Edgar Gonzalez to lead off the game among his two hits.
Rollins has five leadoff homers this season and his 42 career leadoff homers are a franchise record.
"We've got to talk about our leadoff guy," said Phillies third baseman Kevin Frandsen. "Jimmy's been unbelievable for us. How clutch he's been and his consistent at-bats.
"I feel he gets lost in the shuffle with everyone coming back healthy. He's been there all year for us and works like he always does."
Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.