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Freddy Galvis hits grand slam as Phillies cap rough trip out West with loss to Padres

Freddy Galvis hits grand slam as Phillies cap rough trip out West with loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres might have the worst record in the National League, but they weren’t the worst team on the field Sunday afternoon.

Not by a long shot.

That distinction belonged to the Phillies, who looked flat for most of the game and played horrendously in a 9-3 loss at Petco Park.

The defeat provided a fitting end to a six-game road trip in which the Phillies lost four times, were shut out twice and scored just 15 runs in total.

They were on their way to being shut out again Sunday before scoring three times in the eighth. The Padres made two errors in the inning.

Freddy Galvis, who spent a dozen years in the Phillies organization before being traded to the Padres in December, came back to haunt his old club with a third-inning grand slam against Jake Arrieta in the loss. Galvis has 10 hits and nine RBIs against his old team in six games this season.

The defeat knocked the Phillies back into a first-place tie in the NL East with victorious Atlanta.

The Phillies lost two of three to a rugged Arizona team in Phoenix then rolled into San Diego looking to do some damage against three rookie starting pitchers.

Didn’t happen.

Jacob Nix pitched six shutout innings and held the Phils to four hits in 2-0 loss to the Padres on Friday night.

The Phillies won Saturday night’s game behind Aaron Nola then came back Sunday and did nothing against lefty Joey Lucchesi, another San Diego rookie. Lucchesi held the Phillies to two hits over six shutouts inning.

Arrieta began the trip with eight shutout innings against Arizona in a game the Phillies kicked away and lost, 3-2, in 14 innings.

He was a different guy in this one. He allowed eight hits, two walks and five runs in five innings.

Arrieta struggled from the get-go, allowing a pair of hits and a run in the first inning. It took a freakish bounce off the backstop and an unusual rundown play for Arrieta to get out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second inning.

In the third inning, everything went bad for Arrieta. He allowed a pair of hits to lead off the inning, but the second one should not have happened. Eric Hosmer hit a tapper halfway between home plate and the mound. Arrieta could have made a play on the ball — in fact, it was his play — but catcher Jorge Alfaro, who has made similar plays very well this season, converged on the ball at the same time as Arrieta and no one was able to make a play.

After the infield hit by Hosmer, Arrieta retired two batters and walked Austin Hedges on four pitches to load the bases and bring Galvis to the plate. Galvis entered the game hitting .235 so Arrieta likely felt good about his chances facing the Padres’ shortstop.

Galvis, however, has always had sneaky power and he does look to drive the ball. Sometimes that mindset gets him in trouble, but it didn’t this time. He drove a 2-2 sinker over the centerfield wall for the first grand slam of his career. Galvis’ slam was no cheapie. He hit it 406 feet to capitalize on the misplayed ball earlier in the inning.

That wasn’t the only miscue the Phillies made. Rhys Hoskins and Asdrubal Cabrera failed to make plays on balls that were ruled hits and Maikel Franco made a base-running blunder then topped it off with a throwing error that resulted in Travis Jankowski scoring from third base in the seventh. Jankowski walked, stole two bases, giving him four on the day, and scored on the error. It was that kind of day. The Phils made another error to fuel three San Diego runs in the ninth. For the day, the Padres stole six bases.

Things don’t get easier for the Phillies, who are 65-52. They are off on Monday and host Boston, the best team in the majors, in a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, it’s five against the Mets, three against the Nationals, three against the Blue Jays, three more against the Nationals and three against the Cubs.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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Roy Halladay deserves to be a 1st-ballot Hall of Famer

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Roy Halladay deserves to be a 1st-ballot Hall of Famer

Fans in Philadelphia didn’t get to enjoy Roy Halladay for very long. He had two stellar seasons, followed by two injury-plagued years that ended his playing career.

Halladay died in an aircraft accident one year ago. On Monday, Halladay was named among 35 players on the ballot for the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame (see story).

Customarily, players have to wait five years for Hall of Fame eligibility. If a player dies, they're eligible six months after their death. There has been one exception to this rule in the last 65 years: Roberto Clemente was inducted in 1973, after dying in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972.

There are a handful of worthy names on this year’s ballot. And while Roy Halladay was forced into early retirement at 36, he is a pitcher with virtually no equals during his 15-plus major league seasons.

Halladay's death last year hit the Philadelphia sports community hard. His starts with the Phillies were appointment viewing, the likes of which the city hadn’t seen since Curt Schilling dominated teams in the 1990s.

And although fans in Philadelphia only saw two seasons of Halladay's excellence on the mound, his prime lasted a decade — the 2002 through the 2011 seasons.

Here are Halladay's ranks among all MLB pitchers during that span:

Wins — 170 (1st)

Win percentage — .694 (1st)

Complete Games — 63 (1st - by 30!)

Shutouts — 18 (1st)

K/BB Ratio — 4.57 (1st)

ERA — 2.97 (2nd)

ERA+ — 148 (2nd)

Innings — 2194.2 (2nd)

He also made eight All-Star teams, won two Cy Young Awards and finished in the top 5 in Cy Young voting seven times in that 10-year span.

From the years 1995 through 2017, Halladay has more complete games than any pitcher (67). Here's the thing: Halladay only pitched from 1998 through 2013.

Being the best pitcher in baseball for a season is a feat. Being the best pitcher in baseball for an entire decade is something that is truly special. Remember how great Tim Lincecum was at the start of his career? He also won two Cy Youngs. Lincecum didn't even make it to 10 full seasons in the big leagues before a degenerative hip injury derailed his career.

The end of Roy Halladay's baseball career, and his life, occurred far too soon. Voting him into the Baseball Hall of Fame next year would not be.

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