Galvis pow­ers Phillies to win

Hits 19th homer in 6-3 win over Pi­rates

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Dan Gel­ston

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Freddy Galvis has a hand­writ­ten note stuck on his locker re­mind­ing him to keep the ball out of the air.

There’s no sig­na­ture. It’s sim­ply in­scribed “(hash)No. 20.”

Even Mike Sch­midt (yes, The No. 20) could agree that if Galvis does put the ball in the air, it may as well soar out of the park.

Galvis con­tin­ued his home run surge, hit­ting his 19th of the sea­son to lead the Philadel­phia Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates on Wed­nes­day night.

Galvis con­nected on a two-run shot in the sec­ond in­ning off Steven Brault (0-3) for his 10th homer in the last 32 games. Known more as a de­fen­sive whiz since tak­ing over for Jimmy Rollins at short­stop, Galvis has been a bright spot of­fen­sively for the Phillies. He al­ready has ca­reer highs in dou­bles, homers, ex­tra-base hits, RBIs and stolen bases, though his .239 av­er­age and .271 on-base per­cent­age need con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment.

“I don’t know if I’m sur­prised,” he said. “All I know is, I put in a good work­out in my off­sea­son and worked re­ally hard to prove I could play base­ball ev­ery day.”

The 26-year-old switch hit­ter changed his ap­proach early last month af­ter a ses­sion with hit­ting coach Steve Hen­der­son. Galvis kept all his weight on his back leg dur­ing his swing and sud­denly found the pop that was miss­ing.

Galvis had 20 ca­reer homers in 322 games en­ter­ing this sea­son.

His new­found power could be enough to over­come his measly OBP.

“I re­mem­ber a few years when Jimmy Rollins didn’t hit a whole lot,” Phillies man­ager Pete Mack­anin said. “You can live with a guy like that.”

Tommy Joseph hit his 19th homer for the Phillies. Jean­mar

Gomez got the fi­nal two outs of the ninth for his 37th save.

The Phillies won two of the first three in the fourgame se­ries and all but knocked the Pi­rates out of the hunt in the NL wild card. The Pi­rates were six games back en­ter­ing Wed­nes­day and ap­pear set to have their play­off streak end at three sea­sons. They had the sec­ond-best record in base­ball be­hind only the St. Louis Car­di­nals from 2013-15.

Brault al­lowed nine hits and five runs in 3 2/3 in­nings. He re­mained win­less in seven ca­reer starts.

The Phillies have long been out of the play­off pic­ture and — like so many teams play­ing out the string — are look­ing for any kind of pos­i­tive to end the sea­son. Galvis has been one. Joseph showed power in his rookie sea­son. Speedy rookie out­fielder Ro­man Quinn has been solid in Septem­ber.

Quinn even threw out a run­ner at the plate in the ninth to snuff a Pi­rates’ rally.

“We had two outs to play with,” Pi­rates man­ager Clint Hur­dle said. “We made a bad de­ci­sion there.”

The Phillies got a rare boost on the mound from righty Jake Thomp­son (2-5). Thomp­son, who won for the first time since Aug. 12, al­lowed six hits and two runs over six solid in­nings.

Against the Pi­rates, he was sharp enough in front of a small and life­less crowd to show how he went 11-5 in the mi­nors this sea­son and was con­sid­ered valu­able enough to be in­cluded in last year’s Cole Hamels deal with Texas.

An­drew Mc­Cutchen hit his 21st homer for the Pi­rates.

Strike­outs are bor­ing

Dou­ble-A Read­ing OF Dy­lan Cozens won the 2016 Joe Bau­man award as mi­nor league base­ball’s home run cham­pion with 40. The award is named for Bau­man, who set a pro­fes­sional record in 1954 with 72 home runs for the Roswell Rock­ets of the Class-C Longhorn League.

For­mer Phillies catcher Car­los Ruiz, traded last month to the Dodgers, thanked fans with a sign of ap­pre­ci­a­tion on a bill­board off I-95. The bill­board read: “I loved play­ing for you. You will al­ways be in my heart. Thank you, Philly! - Chooch”

Streak snapped

Phillies LF Tyler Goed­del sin­gled in the sec­ond in­ning to snap an 0-for-21 streak.

Up next

Pi­rates: RHP Chad Kuhl (3-3, 4.09 ERA) will make his 11th ca­reer start. He’s lost each of his last three de­ci­sions, though the Pi­rates have won seven of his 10 starts.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eick­hoff (10-13, 3.73 ERA) has pitched six in­nings in each of his last five starts and six of seven over­all.

MATT SLOCUM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tommy Joseph rounds third af­ter home­r­ing off Pitts­burgh Pi­rates re­lief pitcher Drew Hutchi­son dur­ing the sixth in­ning Wed­nes­day.

MATT SLOCUM — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Freddy Galvis fol­lows through af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run off Pitts­burgh Pi­rates start­ing pitcher Steven Brault dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning Wed­nes­day.

MICHAEL PEREZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Union’s C.J. Sapong (17) bat­tles Mon­treal Im­pact’s Her­nan Bernardello for a ball last Satur­day. Sapong has just two goals in 16 games.

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