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August 19, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis sat in the Lehigh Valley dugout Wednesday and gazed out toward the diamond. No one was in the infield. The game for the triple-A IronPigs would start in 90 minutes, and Galvis would play shortstop. That much he knew. Beyond that, he was not so sure. "I don't know, man," he said, looking down. "Right now, it's a lot of people with contracts in the big leagues, so . . . " he paused for a moment. "I don't have a spot. " Galvis was once the future of the Phillies' middle infield.
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March 24, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Eleven days ago, before starting at shortstop in a game in Disney World, where the Atlanta Braves call spring training home, Freddy Galvis rolled up his left pant leg and showed off a nasty cut. It wasn't an uncommon injury for a baseball player, as they slide hard into the ground routinely when trying to get to a base on offense or field a hard-to-reach grounder on defense. Galvis got this particular wound after sliding into third base one day. It was the reason he had briefly ditched his normal high-sock look.
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August 23, 2011
Playing at: Lehigh Valley (AAA) Position: Shortstop. Age: 21. Born: Nov. 14, 1989, in Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela. Height: 5-10. Weight: 170. Bats: Both. Throws: Right. How acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, July 2, 2006. This season: Started in Reading and moved up to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 2. Galvis is hitting .318 in 19 games at Triple A heading into last night . . . Was hitting .273 with a career-high eight homers in 422 at-bats in Reading . . . Generally batting at the bottom of the order for Lehigh Valley, where his 21 hits include 18 singles, two doubles and a triple.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS GOOD AS it was, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you thought the diving stop and throw up the middle Saturday night is the best that Freddy Galvis has to offer, think again. That wasn't even his best play in the past 6 months. "No, it was not my best," Galvis admitted yesterday. "I had one that was better, playing winter ball in Venezuela this year. " That's saying something, because Saturday's play might have been Galvis' signature moment. This was Jeter, diving into the stands; Ozzie, barehanded up the middle.
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May 15, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
FREDDY GALVIS led off the bottom of the third inning of yesterday afternoon's game by hitting a routine ground ball to second base. Galvis arrived safely at first, however, because no one was there to take the throw from Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker. When you're hitting over .350, good fortune finds you. "For sure," Galvis said after Phillies' 4-2 win over the Pirates. "I just feel good. " The 25-year-old Galvis, who entered the 2015 season with a .218 average in 171 games, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs.
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April 12, 2013 | By Bob Brookover and Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies played their ninth game of the season Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and infielder Freddy Galvis has started none of them. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted that it is a concern that needs to be addressed. "Sometime soon - probably," the general manager said. "We kind of take it day by day. " Galvis has made three pinch-hitting appearances and is hitless with a strikeout. He flied out in the eighth inning Wednesday. Manager Charlie Manuel still believes the young infielder will benefit most by being on the big-league roster.
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May 22, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - On Wednesday night, Phillies manager and nine-time Gold Glove winner Ryne Sandberg used the word "unreal" when describing a play by first-year starting shortstop Freddy Galvis. The slick-fielding 25-year-old ranged in the hole that night, coming up with the ball and somehow letting loose on a strike to first base to record the out, despite the fact the throw came after Galvis was already airborne. Less than 24 hours later, Sandberg was pointing in the direction of his same sure-handed shortstop when asked about a seventh inning that began with a walk, unraveled with defense, and put the Phillies in a much more difficult position to rally in what was eventually a 7-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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May 21, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN YOU are scuffling, there is no such thing as a little mistake. Domonic Brown's sixth-inning throw to first is misplayed into an eventual unearned run . . . Cliff Lee's ninth-inning baserunning gaffe gives dominant Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman a two-out save opportunity . . . and there you are again yesterday, tortured, angered, ready to swear off the local nine for maybe the 10th time just in the last month. Why didn't Charlie Manuel use an everyday player to run instead of a pitcher?
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September 16, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
Cesar Hernandez raised his right hand on the barrel and lowered his bat to bunt, just as he has done so often this season. The ball sputtered in front of Pirates catcher Eric Fryer, who hurried a throw to first base that sailed into the Citizens Bank Park stands. Hernandez boasted his majors-leading 12th bunt hit of the season. In the fourth inning Wednesday of a 6-2 Phillies win, Hernandez later scored on Maikel Franco's double. The 26-year-old second baseman is an enigmatic presence in Pete Mackanin's lineup, but the Phillies manager speaks more and more like a man who envisions Hernandez atop his batting order in 2017.
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September 13, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
WASHINGTON - Roman Quinn walked into the clubhouse kitchen on Sunday morning at Nationals Park wearing a pair of black tights and a sleeveless compression top. "He looks ready to run a 4x100," Ryan Howard joked as he walked past. Quinn sure does have the speed to anchor a relay team. And that is the one facet that makes him so exciting. He made his major-league debut Sunday in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals. Quinn went 0 for 3 with a walk. The 23-year-old joined the Phillies along with catcher Jorge Alfaro after double-A Reading was eliminated Saturday from the Eastern League playoffs.
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September 9, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera tossed their batting helmets after the eighth inning of a 6-0 loss to Miami and handed them to their base coaches. Another rally came up empty and two more runners were left stranded Wednesday night. The Phillies left seven runners on base, including players on second and third base in both the first and third innings. They went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, struck out 13 times and hit into two double plays. They could not get a key hit. The Phillies were shut out for the ninth time this season and the second time this month as they mustered just four hits.
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September 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - It will be another October without playoff baseball in Philadelphia, but the Phillies can still have an effect on this season's postseason picture. A 4-3 win over Miami on Tuesday night was the second of 21 remaining games that the Phillies will play against teams hunting for playoff berths. The Phils won the first two games at Marlins Park to drop Miami six games behind St. Louis for the National League's second wild card. A sweep on Wednesday would almost shatter Miami's playoff dream.
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September 7, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
MIAMI - Freddy Galvis sat in a Philadelphia barbershop for four hours last week as his hair - which he let blossom all season into an Afro - was braided into dreadlocks. The shortstop was stuck in a wicked slump. Perhaps it was time for a change. And it was the new-look Galvis who sparked a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday afternoon. The Phillies started their seven-game road trip with a win after losing six straight at home. They looked like they were on their way to another listless loss until Galvis hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
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September 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Beautiful weather. Impressive starting pitching. Lousy homestand. That's the succinct version of the Phillies' 2-0 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Braves on a picture-perfect, 78-degree day at Citizens Bank Park that included just about everything but an effective offense for the home team. It gave the Phillies an 0-6 record for the homestand, which began with three games against the Washington Nationals. "A miserable homestand," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. This was the fourth time in franchise history the Phillies had gone winless in a homestand of six or more games, and the second time this season.
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September 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
It is the cruelest game, a game that inserts a lefthanded pitcher with a 6.50 ERA against a first-place team that mashes lefthanders, and permits that pitcher to come within one strike of securing the best start of his career. Some fans at Citizens Bank Park clapped Wednesday night for Adam Morgan, who headed toward the dugout in the seventh inning of a 2-1 Phillies loss to Washington. "The best I've seen him - probably ever," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. But Morgan's effort was unfinished.
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September 1, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
A few hours before he toyed with the Phillies, Max Scherzer grabbed a few pieces of paper that detailed how a free-swinging lineup full of young hitters would be the ideal prey for the Washington ace. Scherzer beckoned his pitching coach and catcher for a pregame meeting in the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. "Let's do this," Scherzer said. In a 3-2 Nationals win, it required five innings for the Phillies to muster a hit. Freddy Galvis tomahawked a 94-mph fastball to the right-field corner for a double to start the sixth.
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August 29, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - The only good news to come out of the 12-1 beatdown by the Mets on Saturday night is that the Phillies are one day closer to finishing August. The month has been unforgiving to the starting rotation as the unit seems to be fading as the season winds down. Jeremy Hellickson allowed five runs in four innings to bring the rotation's ERA to 7.26 in 22 August games. It is the team's worst month since June 2006, when the starting pitchers registered a 7.36 ERA, and second worst since a 7.20 ERA in July 1961.
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August 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
The game moved fast last Wednesday. Jerad Eickhoff had faced the minimum in five innings, and now the first three White Sox hitters had reached in the sixth inning, with two runs across. There were no outs. The tying run stood at the plate. Eickhoff badly missed with his first pitch. That is when Freddy Galvis darted from shortstop to the mound and urged the 26-year-old righthander to relax at the most crucial moment of his 34th career start. The message stuck. "I tried to slow it down," Eickhoff said.
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