PHILADELPHIA -- As Freddy Galvis goes, so do the Phillies. At least, that's been the case over the last nine games.Galvis extended his hitting streak to nine games during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. The Phillies were 4-7 before Galvis' tear began and are 7-2 since, now two games
PHILADELPHIA -- As Freddy Galvis goes, so do the Phillies. At least, that's been the case over the last nine games.
Galvis extended his hitting streak to nine games during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Marlins. The Phillies were 4-7 before Galvis' tear began and are 7-2 since, now two games above the .500-mark at 11-9.
Galvis is hitting .333 during his current streak, with a .562 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored and four RBIs. As the longest-tenured Phillie, his attitude and leadership rub off on the young clubhouse.
"Freddy is one of the leaders on the team, by example," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He plays hard with energy and he loves to win, and it shows."
Galvis was penciled into the lineup in the two-hole Thursday against Edinson Volquez after hitting seventh or eighth all season.
"Freddy had real good numbers off of Volquez so I said, 'Why not try it,'" Mackanin said.
The move paid off. Galvis delivered with base hits in his first two at-bats against Volquez, the second a third-inning triple. He scored one batter later.
He's now hitting .600 with an on-base percentage of .636 against Volquez, with two doubles, a triple and a homer. That's good for a remarkable 1.300 slugging percentage.
"I think you just try to do the work for the team," Galvis said of hitting higher in the order, noting that it didn't change his approach. "Try to be on base, try to move the runner. ... That's what it's all about."
The nine-game streak is the second-longest of Galvis' career. He had a 10-game streak in late June and early July of 2015.
While Galvis isn't quite replicating the production from two summers ago, he's producing at a solid clip, whether he starts the bottom of the first on deck or waiting for his turn in the bottom of the order.
"Yeah I've been feeling really good," Galvis said. "I'm seeing the ball really good, trying to put my foot down early and see the ball and try to put a good swing on it. Everything is good."
Ben Harris is a reporter to MLB.com.