Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 Topps #637 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 4, Nationals 3
Game 132 - Tuesday Night, August 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 60-72, 5th Place, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Home runs from Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf, along with an overturned call that went the Phillies way in the eighth, led to a 4-3 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  What is going on with the Phillies?  They're winning.  They're playing with energy.  They actually look . . . good.

What Happened:  Galvis got the Phils on the board in the fifth with an unexpected two-run, line drive home run to left.  Ruf added his solo shot an inning later.  In the eighth, Ben Revere was initially ruled out at a play at first, but the call was overturned upon review.  Revere would steal second, go to third on Jimmy Rollins' fly ball and score on Carlos Ruiz's sac fly.

Cole Hamels had another strong outing before falling apart a little in the seventh and eighth.  Ken Giles came on in the eighth and struck out the side - the heart of the Nationals order.  Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 33rd save after a perfect ninth.

Featured Card/Field Report:  Doug and I attended this game together, and it was actually a thoroughly enjoyable Phillies game.  Unbelievably, the Phillies now have a winning record in games I've attended, as the win raised my personal record to 6-5.  On the way home, Doug and I decided that Galvis deserved the card for this game summary post, despite the fact that Giles was the radio broadcast's star of the game on the post-game show.

I'm glad I get to show off this Galvis card, as it's one of the best Phillies cards of 2014.  I don't even mind the fact that Topps borrowed the photo from one of last year's Chachi cards.


Section 36 said...

So, let me get this straight...when you attend games, both the Phillies AND Red Sox have winning records this year?

What kind of freak are you?!?!

deal said...

Is that Galvis' first topps card. I thought he was on the banished list.

Steve F. said...

Galvis had a 2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects card and a 2011 Topps Pro Debut card. The first one shows him in what looks like a Phillies ST jersey, but that might be the GCL Phillies, or else just a minor league generic Phillies ST jersey. The 2011 card shows him as a Reading Phillie.

I didn't realize the long slow climb he had--he's been in the organization since 2007.

Jim said...

S36 - Maybe I should go to more Phillies games?

Phungo & Steve - Galvis isn't banished, just ignored. If you click on the Galvis tag at the bottom of the post, you can see the past posts with those cards in them.