Freddy Galvis, who just over a week ago was no more than another minor leaguer in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, was a hero in tonight's 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Phillies fans know that Galvis has been around, and has helped the Phillies in parts of this season and last season. However, tonight's walkoff win to help take the Phils steal the second straight game from the NL East rival Braves goes down as one of his more memorable highlights as a big leaguer so far.
Kyle Kendrick and Alex Wood faced off tonight, and neither pitcher was particularly sharp. Wood gave up 4 runs in 4 and 2/3 innings, while Kendrick made it through six innings, allowing 3 runs. Kendrick, who has been up and down all season, was also up and down tonight, walking three but striking out eight, in arguably his best start in the last few weeks. That's not saying much considering his recent performance.
The Phillies had five players pick up two or more hits, with Galvis leading the way with a 4 for 5 night that included 2 RBI – a 5th inning single and the walk-off home run. Cesar Hernandez, Chase Utley, Kevin Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz also logged 2 or more hits in tonight's game. Ruiz added 3 RBI, two of which came off a single in the third inning, and the last of which game on a fifth inning double. Overall, the Phillies picked up 15 hits tonight against Alex Wood and the Braves' bullpen.
For Atlanta, Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, and Andrelton Simmons led the way offensively. WIth the Phillies up 5-3 in the 9th inning, Simmons lifted a 2-run home run off of Jonathan Papelbon to tie the game 5-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th. Atlanta handed the ball to former Phillie Freddy Garcia to hold the lead for the Braves in the bottom of the ninth. Of course, Freddy Galvis had other ideas, crushing a Garcia pitch into the right field stands to bring the win home for the Phillies.
The Phillies have taken the first two games of this three game series against the Braves. They move to 65-77 with the win, while Atlanta falls to 85-56 with their third straight loss. The Phillies send Cole Hamels out to the mound tomorrow afternoon to face Paul Maholm in the series finale.
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