Frenchy forces issues with his strong arm

Frenchy forces issues with his strong arm

SEATTLE -- Jeff Francoeur's throw from right field notched a forceout at second base in Thursday night's game and he came close to getting a second one.

In the first inning of a 4-1 loss to the Mariners, John Jaso's fly ball dropped in front of Francoeur, but he snatched it up and fired to shortstop Alcides Escobar to force runner Casper Wells. In the fourth inning, Mike Carp was on first when Miguel Olivo singled to right and Frenchy again got off a throw that arrived at second base ahead of Carp, but it was off to the center field side and Carp was safe.

"It just tailed on me and it just ran. What are you gonna do?" Francoeur said. "I was fired up."

The strong-armed Francoeur, who had 109 assists since 2005 entering Friday's game at Safeco Field, has thrown out one batter at first base, but forcing a runner at second base is almost as difficult a feat.

"I've maybe only done that two or three times," Francoeur said. "That's what I was laughing about with my dad -- I almost had two in three innings. I don't think I've ever done that."