Spring Training Update: Freddy Galvis Plays Left Field, Hits Home Runs

Spring Training Update: Freddy Galvis Plays Left Field, Hits Home Runs

When the Phillies parted ways with Yuniesky Betancourt and
his career .290 on-base percentage (much to many fans’ delight we’re sure),
that more or less solidified a roster spot for Freddy Galvis. You may remember
him from such roles as 2012 Opening Day starter at second base, but today
Galvis is here to talk about playing in the outfield.

Galvis has already flashed Gold Glove potential at second
and shortstop, but recently the 23 year old has been getting some experience in
left,
perhaps so Charlie Manuel can find ways to maximize his playing time this
season. A few weeks back Manuel told reporters he thought Galvis would be more
valuable to the big club
than in the minors.

“Freddy’s a tremendous ballplayer,” Manuel said earlier in
camp. “I think he can help us more getting 250 at-bats in the majors than 450
in the minors.”

Unless somebody gets hurt, Manuel might have to get creative
to get him that many. Chase Utley looks healthy and has been absolutely mashing
the baseball, and Jimmy Rollins is Jimmy Rollins. Jim Salisbury suggested some
looks at third base are is even a possibility, but that could mostly be as a
defensive substitute for Michael Young or Kevin Frandsen.

It’s not hard to understand why management wants Galvis to
get to the dish though. He filled in admirably for Utley last year after
basically skipping Triple-A before a back injury and 50-game suspension cost
him the rest of the season. This spring, Galvis is hitting .293 with 10
extra-base hits and 9 RBI.

Why just today in his second outfield appearance, Galvis hit
his third bomb of the year. If he can continue to grow at the plate, and with
that kind of versatility, Galvis could be a real weapon for the Phillies this
season.

>>> VIDEO: Galvis' two-run homer [MLB]

>> Galvis Diversifies Portfolio [High Cheese]

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

BOX SCORE

The Phillies rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Tommy Joseph won it with a single up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The hit scored Aaron Altherr, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

The Phils have won just six of their last 27 games. Joseph has had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the last two wins.

In addition to Joseph, who also homered, the star of the game was the Phillies' bullpen. Four Phils' relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings after starter Jerad Eickhoff exited. The Phillies' bullpen is riding a 19 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a bunt hit and a two-run homer to the first two batters of the game but took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double in that inning as the Reds tied the game at 3-3.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo, back in action at age 40 after recovering from surgery the last two seasons, gave up three runs — all on solo homers — over five innings.

Bullpen report
Good work by Edubray Ramos to get two outs in the sixth to strand a runner in scoring position and preserve a 3-3 tie. Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris each followed with a scoreless inning. Neris struck out dangerous Joey Votto on a splitter with a man on base to end the top of the ninth. He got the win.

Austin Brice pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds. Michael Lorenzen took the loss. He gave up two hits in the ninth. Joseph's game-winning hit came on a 97 mph heater.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez, Michael Saunders and Joseph all clouted solo homers for the Phillies. Joseph has six homers in his last 21 games.

Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer against Eickhoff in the first inning. The Reds tied the game on a one-out double by Scooter Gennett in the sixth.

Remembering Bunning
Jim Bunning died Friday night. Larry Bowa recalled the impact that the Hall of Famer had on his career (see story).

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.36) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) are the pitchers.

Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

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Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at Verizon Center.

With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Soul promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.

"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the team's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season." 

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.

Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.

The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.