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Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 9, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Diamondbacks 9, Phillies 2

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PHOENIX -- The Phillies' modest two-game winning streak ended in a 9-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
 
Starting pitcher Ben Lively accounted for the Phillies' offense with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
 
Lively's homer, the first of his career, gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Arizona scored eight runs in the next four innings to take control.
 
Arizona is 27-10 at home. The Phillies are 10-29 on the road and 24-49 overall.
 
Starting pitching report
Lively's string of four straight quality starts to open his big-league career came to an end as he was tagged for seven hits and five runs (one was unearned) over 5 1/3 innings. Lively did not walk a batter nor did he have a strikeout.
 
Arizona lefty Robbie Ray pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball for his eighth win. Ray is 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last seven starts. He struck out five.
 
Ray issued a two-out walk to Cameron Rupp in the fourth and Lively made him pay with a two-run homer.

At the plate
Lively's homer came on a first-pitch, 95-mph fastball. It was the Phillies' only extra-base hit.
 
Arizona had 12 hits, including a homer by Jake Lamb. Catcher Chris Herrmann drove in three runs. Daniel Descalso had three hits.
 
Bullpen report
Phillies relievers Hoby Milner, Edubray Ramos and Adam Morgan were lit up for four runs.
 
Arizona's Archie Bradley got two big outs with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh when the game was still close.
 
In the field
Centerfielder Odubel Herrera was charged with an error when he dropped a ball at the warning track in the second. It led to a run.
 
Arizona centerfielder Rey Fuentes made a terrific catch at the wall on a drive by Cameron Perkins to end the game.

Health check
Howie Kendrick did not start for the third straight day because of tightness in his left hamstring. It is not considered serious.
 
"We're just being cautious," manager Pete Mackanin said.
 
Jerad Eickhoff will test himself in a bullpen session Sunday. He is on the disabled list with an upper back strain. The bullpen session will determine whether Eickhoff will be able to come off the disabled list and pitch Wednesday in Seattle.
 
Up next
The series continues Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.61) pitches against Arizona right-hander Randall Delgado (1-1, 3.48).

Phillies-Padres postponed, rescheduled as part of doubleheader Sunday

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Phillies-Padres postponed, rescheduled as part of doubleheader Sunday

Saturday night’s Phillies-San Diego Padres game has been postponed because of rain.

The game will be made up Sunday as part of a separate admission doubleheader.

The start of Sunday’s regularly scheduled game (game 50 ticket) will be moved from 1:30 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. Gates will open at 11:05 a.m.

The makeup game (game 49 ticket) will start at 6:05 p.m. According to the team, fans holding tickets for Saturday night's game may use them for Sunday night’s 6:05 p.m. game. Fans unable to attend that game may exchange them for any remaining home game this season.

Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta will be the Phillies’ starting pitchers in Sunday’s doubleheader. Pivetta will start Game 1 and Velasquez will take the mound for Game 2.

The Phillies returned from the All-Star break and posted an 11-5 win over the Padres on Friday night. That game began a stretch of 19 of 29 games against non-contending teams for the Phillies.

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It didn't take long for Freddy Galvis' defense to wow the Padres

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It didn't take long for Freddy Galvis' defense to wow the Padres

It didn't take long for Freddy Galvis to open the eyes of his new teammates.

"I can think of maybe two balls all year long where he did not make a play," Padres manager Andy Green told the San Diego Union-Tribune at the end of June.

"It's the most accurate arm I've ever seen from a shortstop," first baseman Eric Hosmer said in the same piece.

The Phils obviously didn't move on from Galvis because of his defense. They moved on from him because he never reached a higher level with his bat and because they had two young infielders — Scott Kingery, J.P. Crawford — they were ready to move forward with.

The Galvis trade was a good one for the Phillies. In exchange for one year of his services, they got a solid young pitcher with upside in Enyel De Los Santos.

It was a move they had to make because Galvis will be a free agent after the season and this gave them the extended look they needed at Kingery and Crawford.

There's no question, though, that the 2018 Phils have missed Galvis' defense. Phillies shortstops have committed 13 errors, seventh most in baseball. Padres shortstops have committed five errors, fewest in the National League and second fewest in the majors.

At the beginning of Galvis' major-league career, his flashy plays stood out but he wasn't as effective with routine plays as Jimmy Rollins was. That changed after Galvis made 17 errors in 2015. In the three seasons since, he's committed just 20 errors combined.

Galvis can make the flashy play, but he also makes almost every single routine play. He knows where to position himself for every hitter, how quickly to release the ball to throw out a speedy runner. 

Over the years, more than a few teammates have commended Galvis' baseball instincts as some of the best they've ever seen. You can't quantify baseball instincts the way you can quantify offensive stats, so there's a portion of fans that will always scoff when Galvis' value is brought up.

"His internal clock, as far when he releases the ball, how much times he has, he just knows all that stuff beforehand," Hosmer told the Union-Tribune. "He's about as fundamentally sound as any infielder I've ever seen."

The Phillies have not gotten the look at Crawford they wanted in 2018. Injuries have limited him to just 34 games, 112 plate appearances and 93 defensive chances at shortstop.

As for Kingery, he should benefit from the everyday playing at shortstop. He's improved defensively as the season has worn on. In a few years, he'll likely be even better with the glove — and, equally important, a more selective hitter.

Galvis has hit .234/.294/.331 this season. Phillies shortstops have hit .238/.286/.352 and played worse defense. 

If this ends up being the worst offensive year of Kingery's career, then his worst numbers would fall in line with Galvis' career averages (.244/.288/.367).

It will be interesting to see where Galvis ends up this offseason. A team with a powerful and deep lineup — the Brewers, the Diamondbacks — can win with Galvis and effectively hide him in the 8-spot. If the Phillies had better offenses all those years, the weak aspects of his game wouldn't have been as pronounced.

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