SAN DIEGO -- Freddy Galvis spent the first six years of his career playing shortstop for the Phillies. He's spent a chunk of his seventh season ripping their pitching staff to shreds.Galvis continued to torment his former club on Sunday, swatting his first career grand slam and sending San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- Freddy Galvis spent the first six years of his career playing shortstop for the Phillies. He's spent a chunk of his seventh season ripping their pitching staff to shreds.
Galvis continued to torment his former club on Sunday, swatting his first career grand slam and sending San Diego to a 9-3 victory at Petco Park. In 22 at-bats against Philadelphia this season, Galvis has 10 hits and nine RBIs. Yet, he insists the success isn't any sweeter against his old team.
"I just treat those guys like any other team and play hard," Galvis said after his 2-for-4 showing in the series finale.
But he spent 12 professional seasons in the Phillies organization, after all. That would seem to be easier said than done, right?
"I guess I'm just a pro," Galvis quipped.
His third-inning slam was more than enough support for a crisp Joey Lucchesi, who worked six scoreless frames, allowing only two hits while striking out six. Lucchesi has been sharp recently, but he's had trouble working deep into games. Sunday marked his first six-inning effort since April.
Lucchesi never ran into serious trouble along the way. Phillies starter Jacob Arrieta, meanwhile, found himself with all sorts of traffic on the bases. In the third, the Padres capitalized. Travis Jankowski opened the frame with a single, and Eric Hosmer followed suit. After a two-out walk to Austin Hedges, Arrieta grooved a 2-2 fastball, and Galvis launched it to straightaway center field for his eighth homer of the season.
"Freddy's a professional hitter," Arrieta said. "Even though he's not necessarily having the offensive year he would like, he's still got some ability. He waited me out. I threw him a couple good changeups he took for strikes, then he put a good swing on a fastball."
Galvis, who is in the final year of his contract, was traded to San Diego in December in exchange for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos. In three appearances for the Phillies, De Los Santos has a 6.00 ERA, though he's been excellent for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The merits of that trade have been cause for much debate on both sides. The Phillies could certainly use some help at shortstop as they make a push for their first division title since 2011. The Padres, meanwhile, aren't contending this year, and they gave up an interesting prospect in De Los Santos. Galvis is essentially a rental, though the Padres have serious interest in bringing him back next season.
"We love Freddy, love him in a Padres uniform," said manager Andy Green. "All of that stuff will take care of itself in due time. But as a manager, I absolutely love having him on the club."
On Sunday, at least, the Padres emerged victorious in the deal. They have won consecutive series for the first time since early June, and their six wins in August have already exceeded their five July victories.
It wasn't always pretty on Sunday. The Padres allowed three runs in an eighth inning in which they committed two errors. But they responded quickly with three of their own in the bottom of the frame.
"That's the definition of winning baseball," Jankowski said. "That's what the good teams do."
MAN OF STEAL
Jankowski hasn't gotten much recognition lately in a crowded Padres outfield, where Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes have put their otherworldly power on full display. Jankowski's skillset is the polar opposite -- and he showed it off Sunday.
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The speedy leadoff man reached base four times. He singled and stole second in the first. He did the same in the third. Then in the seventh, he walked and swiped both second base and third base. Jankowski, who also walked in the eighth, became the eighth Padre in history to notch four steals in a game and the first since Everth Cabrera did so in September 2012, against the Giants.
"It's honestly a math thing," Green said. "With Arrieta's break time and his speed, it just adds up in our favor. [Jankowski's] literally just running. He doesn't have to think much, just take off and run."
Jankowski was also excellent in center field, making two impressive catches at the wall in the fourth inning. He made a leaping catch on a deep drive from Carlos Santana. Then, he ranged 96 feet in 5.1 seconds to track down a deep drive from Asdrubal Cabrera. According to Statcast™, it was a four-star catch with a catch probability of 43 percent.
The Padres stole six bases, marking the first time they've done so as a club since April 8, 2011, against the Dodgers. Along with Jankowski, Galvis and Cory Spangenberg swiped a bag apiece.
HE SAID IT
"You can't tell me that guy doesn't have aches and pains. But he's out there busting his butt, working every day, doing things that a lot of guys aren't. He's a great leader, great leader by example, and he's also not afraid to get vocal at times. He'll let us know if he doesn't think we're doing things right. At the end of the day, that's one of the best teammates I've played with." -- Jankowski, on Galvis
Clayton Richard spent most of the season as a reliable innings-eater for the Padres. But that's tailed off lately, and Richard has pitched more than six innings just once in the last two months, as his ERA has ballooned to 5.13. The veteran left-hander looks to get back on track Monday as the Angels make a rare trip down Interstate 5 to Petco Park. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. PT. The Angels counter with Andrew Heaney (7-7, 3.96 ERA).
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.