By Harry Allison
If you want to pinpoint the reason the Phillies have sunk like a rock in the past two week, you need to look no further than shortstop Freddy Galvis.
His batting average has dropped has 66 points in two weeks.
“I feel I’m hitting really good,” Galvis said after going 0-for-4 in a 5-2 Phillies loss to the Colorado Rockies that has his average down to .289. “I’m just hitting it to the wrong spot right now. That stuff is going to happen. The season is long, but we have to keep working.”
Galvis did probably deserve at least three hits in going hitless in Friday’s loss, but his at-bats Saturday weren’t good. He grounded out to second base in the second inning, struck out swinging in the third and sixth, then flied out to right in the eighth.
Asked what’s different from when he had his average up to .355 on May 15, Galvis smiled again and responded, “Nothing. You hit it and they catch it. That’s the difference now.”
Galvis says seeing his average fall so much so quickly isn’t getting in his head.
“Not at all,” he said. “Like I said, I feel I’m swinging the bat good. I’m just hitting to the wrong spot.”
Galvis was a little more forthcoming talking about the Phillies’ hitting as a whole.
Their .237 average is the sixth lowest in baseball and they’ve now scored two or fewer runs 21 times in 51 games. The Phillies have managed just 11 runs in losing their last six.
“I think we have to do a better job right now getting runs,” he said. “We’re not doing that at all in the last six games and that’s why we lost some games. We have to keep working and try to play better.”