Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Freddy, Freddy, Freddy!"

Phillies Zone Live: Game 5, the Florida Marlins and Josh Johnson vs. the Phillies and Roy Halladay

"Freddy, Freddy, Freddy!"

Hunter Pence gets high-fives from teammates after scoring on a two-run double by Freddy Galvis. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Hunter Pence gets high-fives from teammates after scoring on a two-run double by Freddy Galvis. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Phillies Zone Live: Game 5, the Florida Marlins and Josh Johnson vs. the Phillies and Roy Halladay

Here we are at chilly Citizens Bank Park for another edition of in-game analysis with Phillies Zone Live, one of the two best in-game blogs in the entire Philadelphia region.

Big break leads to big inning

You could watch the replay of Juan Pierre's third-inning stolen base 18 different times from 18 different angles and come to the same conclusion.

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He was out.

Sometimes that's exactly the kind of break a team needs to get its offense going and the Phillies took full advantage with three straight RBI singles from Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence before Freddy Galvis delivered his second two-run double with two outs and the bases loaded.

Rollins and Pence also capitalized on a fielding error and poor throw home from left fielder Logan Morrison to take second base.

Galvis' hit, however, was the energizing moment of the inning and the season so far for the Phillies' offense.

After Johnson was ordered to intentionally walk Carlos Ruiz, Galvis stepped up with the bases loaded to chants of "Freddy, Freddy, Freddy."

Somewhere, Queen's Freddy Mercury smiled and then broke into song when Galvis fought off a couple two-strike pitches from Johnson before driving a 92-m.p.h. fastball down the right-field line for a two-run double.

The hit gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead and Galvis four of the team's 13 RBIs. He also had two of their five extra-base hits at that point.

Fat-bottomed Freddy, he makes the Phillies' offense go 'round.

How far can Doc go?

Halladay, who pitched eight shutout innings on opening day, is not in the sort of groove that allowed him to throw a perfect game against Johnson and the Marlins on May 29, 2010, but he still looks good and appears to be getting better as the game grows older.

Most concerning is his pitch count. It took him 23 pitches to get through the first inning and 59 to get through the first three innings. Halladay threw 92 pitches opening day and manager Charlie Manuel said before the game that he should be able to go deeper in this game.

At this rate, however, Halladay has little chance of going the distance, although he might be able to get through seven after a seven-pitch fourth inning left his pitch count at 66.

It will be interesting to see how Manuel uses his bullpen tonight. After a long hesitation, he said he thought everyone in the bullpen was available tonight. 


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