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Phillies are just another team to Freddy Galvis — wink, wink

Phillies are just another team to Freddy Galvis — wink, wink

SAN DIEGO – Deep down inside, this had to be sweet for Freddy Galvis.

But outwardly?

Just another day. Just another game. Just another team.

Galvis, traded from the Phillies to San Diego in December, has haunted his former club in six games this season. He is 10 for 22 with nine RBIs. Five of them came this weekend as the Padres took two of three from the Phillies.

Galvis, 28, launched the first grand slam of his career in the third inning Sunday to help lead a 9-3 Padres’ win over his old team. The grand slam was a 409-foot bomb – in Ted Williams’ hometown – against Jake Arrieta.

“Freddy Galvis has swung the bat against us very well all year long,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Give him some credit for continuing to swing the bat well and putting good at-bats together.”

Galvis signed with the Phillies in the summer of 2006. He was just 16 at the time. He spent a dozen years in the organization, rising to become the team’s regular shortstop for three seasons after Jimmy Rollins moved on.

Galvis never got on base enough for a Phillies management team that took over before the 2016 season, and he was traded for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos last winter. The Phillies shortstop position has been in flux since with J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery and now Asdrubal Cabrera all playing there this season. Manny Machado will be a free-agent target this winter and could be the next to hold down the position — the Phillies hope.

Meanwhile, Galvis plays on. He is having a typical Freddy Galvis season, hitting .237 with some pop — eight homers and 48 RBIs. His on-base percentage is just .296. His defense remains top-shelf.

Galvis harbors no hard feelings against his old team for moving on without him. He said he understands the business of the game.

But still, that grannie against Arrieta had to feel awfully good, right?

“No, I treat those guys like any another team,” Galvis said. “Play hard, play ball and that’s it.”

Galvis was asked how he was able to treat a team he’d spent so much of his life with as just another club.

“I guess I’m a pro,” he said. “I’m a professional. That’s what I am. I just play the game the right way and that’s it.”

Still, it is not lost on Galvis that he has put up big numbers against the Phillies this season.

Ten hits, nine RBIs …

“Good one, huh?” he said with a smile.

Yeah, pretty good.

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Phillies complete a bad trip with an ugly loss and Gabe Kapler takes the blame

Phillies complete a bad trip with an ugly loss and Gabe Kapler takes the blame

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SAN DIEGO – There were two Phillies killers on the field at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon and the Phillies know both of them well.

One was Freddy Galvis, the little shortstop who spent a dozen years in the Phillies organization before being traded to San Diego in December.

The other was the Phillies themselves.

Galvis’ 406-foot grand slam against Jake Arrieta might have been the crushing blow in an ugly 9-3 loss to the Padres (see first take), but it wasn’t the only blow that the Phillies absorbed.

The rest were self-inflicted.

The Phillies made two errors and had at least three other defensive miscues, one of which set up Galvis’ grand slam. They ran into an out on the bases. And they allowed six stolen bases, most by a Phillies team since June 2008.

After possibly his team’s worst showing of the season, which capped a disappointing 2-4 road trip, manager Gabe Kapler fell on the sword for his sloppy club.

“We didn't execute the fundamentals today,” he said. “That's on me. I have to do a better job of getting us prepared to play and to execute the fundamentals of this game. So that one is on me.”

Kapler didn't throw away any balls or run into any outs. And he surely didn’t help to extend the third inning for Galvis by not being able to make a play on a 40-foot dribbler in front of the plate.

So why was the loss on him?

“Because it's my job to help our players set the tone and be on top of their game — all the time,” he said.

The Phillies were seldom on top of their game on the trip, which saw them lose two of three to a good Arizona club and two of three to a San Diego club that has the worst record in the NL. Aided by a couple of San Diego errors, the Phillies scored three runs in the eighth inning Sunday. Before that, they were on their way to being shut out for a third time on the trip. The offense produced just 15 runs on the trip and the team was just 5 for 41 (.122) with runners in scoring position. Some of the team’s most important bats struggled mightily. Rhys Hoskins was 1 for 21. Carlos Santana was 3 for 22. Odubel Herrera was 3 for 21 and did not play Sunday.

Santana, the cleanup man, is second on the team with 66 RBIs but he's hitting .200 (26 for 130) since July 1 and .215 overall.

"We certainly don't think he's out of place in the four-hole in our lineup," Kapler said when asked about potentially moving Santana to a different spot in the order. 

The Phillies faced some established, formidable starting pitching in Arizona. In San Diego, they faced three rookies and two of them, including Joey Lucchesi on Sunday, delivered six shutout innings. Lucchesi held the Phillies to just two hits.

“You have to give their starting pitching in this series some credit,” Kapler said. “Some young starting pitchers who showed a lot of guts.”

The poor trip left the Phillies at 65-52 as they head into an off day Monday before opening a two-game series with Boston, the best team in the majors, on Tuesday night.

While the Phillies were losing two of three in San Diego, the Braves were winning two of three in Milwaukee. The Phils and Braves are tied for first place in the NL East.

Sunday’s game turned on two plays in the third inning – a defensive miscue by the Phils and Galvis’ first career grand slam. Galvis’ slam came with two outs, one batter after Arrieta walked Austin Hedges on four pitches to load the bases. Earlier in the inning, Arrieta and catcher Jorge Alfaro had a miscommunication on a tapper by Eric Hosmer in front of the mound. Arrieta was in good position to make the play, but Alfaro came charging from behind the plate. The two converged and no play was made on what should have been an out. Arrieta retired the next two batters before Hedges came up.

Kapler had no immediate answer for the game-changing miscue.

“I haven't spoken to Jake or to Alfie about that play specifically yet,” he said moments after the game.

Was it Arrieta’s ball?

“It's something I'd like to discuss with them before I talk it through,” Kapler said.

Arrieta acknowledged a lack of communication on the play.

“From my perspective, it looked like (Alfaro) was letting me get it, so that's why I went at it,” Arrieta said. “Just one of those things where there wasn't communication. I didn't say anything to him, so he probably thought I was going to let him take it because he usually does. Just miscommunication on my part right there.”

Galvis absolutely unloaded on a 2-2 fastball for his grand slam.

He has 10 hits in six games against his old team this season. Nine of his 48 RBIs have come against the Phillies.

The Phillies will spend Monday licking their wounds and replaying in their minds the carnage from a terrible journey through the Southwest. They need improvement across the board because they have reached a crucial point in the schedule. After the two games against Boston, they have five against the Mets, three against the Nationals, three against the Blue Jays, three more against the Nationals and three against the Cubs.

“We handle losses in a series very well and we tend to come back and play well coming off of them,” Kapler said. “I'm fully confident that when we get back to Philadelphia, we're going to be back on top of our game. I’m very confident that we're going to be energized by our fans. We've played very well at home. I'm excited about that opportunity.”

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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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