June 8, 2012 |
FATE CAN BE cruel and, then again, fate can be a twisted wretch. For those keeping score at home, that transformation occurred in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Phillies' game Wednesday night when Freddy Galvis suddenly grabbed his back. He has been the Phillies' sunshine this season amid all of their layers of gloom. They have lacked health this season, and they have not been lucky, and their deficiencies have been laid bare – but there was always Galvis, who has filled in at second base in the first 2 months of the season in a way that no one had a right to expect, playing impeccably in the field and hitting enough and becoming a favorite among fans looking for someone, anyone, to love.
May 8, 2015 |
ATLANTA - When Elvis Araujo jogged in from the visiting bullpen to the mound at Turner Field on Tuesday night, he was able to shake off some of the big-league butterflies that are natural for anyone in his major league debut. All Araujo had to do was look behind him to see the defense he had up the middle: shortstop Freddy Galvis, second baseman Cesar Hernandez and centerfielder Odubel Herrera. The same Venezuelan trio was back in those positions when Araujo, also Venezuelan, pitched out of the 'pen again on Wednesday.
April 7, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white Hooters tank top hung Thursday morning in Odubel Herrera's locker. Someone - likely a veteran Phillies teammate - had written the rookie's name and uniform number on the back of the tight shirt usually worn by the restaurant's waitresses. Herrera had a new batting practice top. If there was any doubt that the outfielder would be sticking with the Phillies on opening day, it was erased by the clubhouse prank. Herrera will make his major-league debut Monday as the Phillies' starting centerfielder.
April 5, 2012 |
NOW THAT HE is the Opening Day second baseman, it is appropriate to know how to pronounce Freddy Galvis' last name. Is it Gal-Vis or Gal-Vees? "No," he said. "It's not Gal-Vees. It is Gal-vis. (slowly) Gal-Vis . . . V-I-S. " It is somewhat of a mystery how Gal-vis became Gal-vees, he said. But there's no secret why Galvis became the darling of spring: He batted .280, tied for the team lead with 23 hits and the Phillies desperately, desperately need him. No matter how you say it, the youngster who was the shortstop of the future last season is, for now, the starting second baseman of this one. Remember.
April 27, 2015 |
RYNE SANDBERG walked out of his office, through the tunnel to the dugout and right onto the field about a half-hour before the Phillies took regular pregame batting practice yesterday afternoon. Ryan Howard was peppering the catchers with strikes from the mound, letting them practice throwing down to second base. Outfielders were working on their throws into the infield. Later, Larry Bowa shot sharp ground balls with a fungo bat to infielders. "Basic fundamentals of catching the ball, throwing the ball, routine plays, hitting the cutoff men," Sandberg said shortly after the extra work - and after addressing his position players, too. "Not asking for any miracles, just make the routine plays and make it a priority.
May 16, 2015 |
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
May 12, 2015 |
Chase Utley snapped the clasp of his silver watch after dressing at his locker. Another day was complete. Another loss - this time a 7-4 defeat to the New York Mets - was finished. Utley went 1 for 3 with a run scored. His lone hit was his first double of the season. It gave him a hit on consecutive days for the first time this season. Utley's batting average rose to .116, an increase of 17 points from where it stood before Saturday's loss. It is still the major-league's lowest mark.
May 22, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Brian Gordon gave up two runs in five innings and drove in the winning run as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves, 4-3, in the Internatinal League on Saturday. Reading 4, Richmond 3 READING - Freddy Galvis tripled and homered to lead the Phillies to the Eastern League win. Trenton 4, Portland 3 TRENTON - Bradley Suttle's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Thunder the Eastern League win. Clearwater 11, Charlotte 1 CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Singleton was 3 for 5 with a homer and drove in four runs to lead the Threshers past the Stone Crabs in the Florida State League.
June 13, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Ryan Feierabend gave up one run in seven innings and John Mayberry Jr. was 3 for 4 with two doubles as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs beat the Louisville Bats, 6-1, in the International League on Sunday. Altoona 13, Reading 4 Reading 2, Altoona 1 READING - Freddy Galvis and Terry Evans hit homers to back a strong start by Tyler Cloyd (seven strikeouts in five innings) as the Phillies split the Eastern League doubleheader. Binghamton 7, Trenton 6 TRENTON - Allan Dykstra's two-run double in the top of the 12th gave the Mets the Eastern League victory.
April 29, 2011 |
ERIE, Pa. - Freddy Galvis went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, and four RBIs as the Reading Phillies (13-7) pinned a 4-0 loss on the Erie SeaWolves (9-10) on Thursday morning. Galvis began the Eastern League contest by launching a solo home run off Erie righthander Jacob Turner (0-1). Righthanded sinkerballer Christopher Kissock (1-2) scattered three hits over seven innings for the win. Pawtucket 11, Lehigh Valley 8 ALLENTOWN - Juan Carlos Linares and Josh Reddick homered in a seven-run fourth inning to chase IronPigs starter Ryan Feierabend (0-2)