PHILLIES ENJOY THE DAWN OF THE FREDDY GALVIS ERA

By Sam Bush

Freddy Galvis, who entered last night’s game 5-for-59 (.085) this season, went 3-for-3 with a homer and three runs scored, including the go-ahead run that gave the Phillies a 4-3 victory over the Pirates.

“I feel awesome. To have a good game, have a chance to play, do good and help the team win, that’s good,” said Galvis, who is starting at short in place of Jimmy Rollins, out with a hamstring.

Galvis credited a few weeks playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley with helping him find his stroke after a slow start to the season.

“After a few weeks in Lehigh, playing every day, I started to get my swing back and felt much better,” Galvis said.

From Aug. 5 until his final day with the IronPigs on Aug. 22, Galvis hit .317 with three homers and 10 RBI in 63 at-bats.

“I felt Freddy was behind the eight ball when he was first here early on with the lack of spring training,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “His timing was off and he was just in a little bit of a hole that was hard to get out of when you don’t have timing. He went to Lehigh Valley, swung the bat very well and made the most of his time there, played very good.”

In the first, Maikel Franco hit a towering popup to shallow right field that second baseman Neil Walker and right fielder Gregory Polanco lost in the glare, allowing the ball to land between the two and Franco to reach second for his first career double. Chase Utley singled him home in the next at-bat.

Galvis clocked another sinker from Volquez in the fifth, this time sending it 10 rows deep into the right-field stands for his second homer of the season, tying the game at 3.

“I was behind in the count,” Volquez said. “He put a good swing on the ball and he hit it out, the first one he hit a double. That’s going to happen when you throw the ball right in the middle.”

Galvis hit a leadoff single in the seventh, and after stealing second, he was brought home on a single by Franco for the game-winning run.

“That’s what I’m looking for,” Franco said. “To do something to help my team.”

The Phillies’ bullpen, which entered the game with a Major League-best 2.05 ERA since Aug. 5, added to that number with three scoreless innings in relief of Buchanan.

“They’ve been doing that all year, in my opinion,” Buchanan said. “You never want to come out of the game, obviously. But being here, with the bullpen the way it is, when you come out of a game, you’re pretty confident it’s shut down from then on.”

 

 

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