Phillies Notes: Galvis leads way as Phillies beat Padres

Freddy Galvis celebrates his fifth-inning home run with teammate John Mayberry, Jr. Galvis also had a double and a perfect safety squeeze bunt.
Freddy Galvis celebrates his fifth-inning home run with teammate John Mayberry, Jr. Galvis also had a double and a perfect safety squeeze bunt. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 13, 2013

When the Phillies re-signed Chase Utley last month, Freddy Galvis questioned his standing in the organization. It was not an irrational thought - the current middle infield is secured through at least 2015. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg advised Galvis that he could control only his performance.

Nights like a 4-2 Phillies victory over San Diego on Wednesday demonstrate Galvis' potential value as a utility man in 2014. He swatted a fifth-inning home run into the left-field corner. He slapped a double to begin the seventh and scored the eventual winning run with hustle on a Cesar Hernandez groundout. He added an insurance run with a perfect safety squeeze bunt in the eighth.

"Exactly," Sandberg said. "That's his game."

The 23-year-old Venezuelan's sublime night supported another Cliff Lee victory. He pitched eight innings, permitted two solo homers, and lowered his ERA to 2.97.

Galvis' offensive skills require sharpening. He did not flourish with a midseason demotion to triple-A Lehigh Valley for increased playing time. But the diminutive infielder has demonstrated a sneaky power stroke in his limited major-league career.

Galvis hits for extra bases in 8.6 percent of his plate appearances. The league average is 7.3 percent. Can he forge a career with his offensive skills?

"I think so, with some adjustments," Sandberg said. "He's showing it right now. Being a switch-hitter comes into play to his advantage. So long as he plays the game like he does with situational things, that can go a long way."

Extra bases

Jimmy Rollins found his home-run swing, too, with a shot in the sixth. Rollins' homer was his first since July 20, a span of 182 plate appearances. . . . The Citizens Bank Park flags flew at half staff and the Phillies held a pregame ceremony to commemorate the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Every player wore an American flag patch on the side of his hat.


 

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