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Injury Update: Galvis In A Brace For Three Weeks

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)

The final word is in for Freddy Galvis, and of course, it isn’t good news.

The rookie second baseman will be in a back brace for the next three weeks, being diagnosed with a pars fracture in his lower back.

“We’re going to reexamine him and see where we’re at,” Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said earlier today. “Based on his symptoms and that kind of stuff, we might be able to begin some stuff with him exericise-wise, but we really won’t know a lot more until we get to that time period. The biggest thing right now is just trying to get him comfortable, make him feel better and try to get this thing to heal.”

Sheridan also said that it’s too early to see if Galvis’ season is in jeopardy or not. But for now, it’s a process.

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Hamels Coughes Up Lead in 6th; Phils Swept

Cole Hamels slides in safely on a fielder’s choice in the 3rd inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Dodgers 8, Phillies 3
WP – Aaron Harang (5-3 , 3.95)
LP – Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93)

PHILADELPHIA — Nothing is going right for the Phillies, and it’s starting to look ugly.

The Phillies dropped a season worst sixth straight time, getting swept in the four-game series to the Dodgers with their 8-3 loss this afternoon.

Nothing has been going right for Cole Hamels either, who gave this game away in a bad 6th inning.

Holding a 3-1 lead, runners on first and second and one out, James Loney hit an RBI single to pull the Dodgers within 3-2. After striking out the next batter, Hamels allowed back-to-back RBI singles for the tying and go ahead runs to Tony Gwynn Jr and Matt Treanor, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.

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Galvis is Latest Phillie to Land on DL

The injury bug bites again.

Second baseman Freddy Galvis injured his back swinging during last night’s 6-5 loss to the Dodgers, landing him on the DL with lower back soreness. The Phillies called up Michael Martinez to take his place on the roster, with Mike Fontenot likely starting the majority of the games at second.

This blow is huge to the Phillies offensively and defensively. Galvis has been a wizard in the field at second base as well as leading the team with 15 doubles and fifth with 24 RBIs.

“It’s another one of our guys going down,” Manuel said. “What more can I say?

Today’s lineup at 1 PM vs the Dodgers and Aaron Harang: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Victorino CF, Fontenot 2B, Mayberry 1B, Schneider C, Hamels P.

Flash Gordon: Dee Gives Dodgers Go-Ahead RBIs

Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
WP – Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.82)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44)
SV – Kenley Jansen (9)

PHILADELPHIA — For the entire series, little Dee Gordon has been a thorn in the side of the Phillies.

The son of former Phillies reliever Tom Gordon made himself a part of the Dodgers’ win against the Phillies again, this time hitting a two-run go-ahead single in the 6th inning that gave the Dodgers the 5-4 lead. Los Angeles went on to win 6-4, dropping the Phillies for their fifth straight time.

The Phillies blew a 4-2 lead in that inning that they created in the 5th. Ty Wigginton led off with a solo home run and Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer later in the inning to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

Then the Dodgers went on to score a three-run inning of their own in the 6th with Jerry Hairston RBI single and two-run singe by Gordon.

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Phils Out-Slug Cards

Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis scores a run in the Phillies 10-9 win over St. Louis. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Phillies 10, Cardinals 9
WP – Raul Valdes (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Fernando Salas (0-3, 6.32)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (13)

ST. LOUIS — The bats came alive for the Phillies in St. Louis and it was much needed.

With the pitchers doing nothing more than throwing batting practice, the Phillies offense needed to be on its best and it was, out-mashing a good Cardinals offense. They beat St. Louis, 10-9, pulling themselves back to .500 on the year.

Pitching wasn’t going to be much of a factor in tonight’s game; well that is if you include the lack of pitching into the equation.

The Phillies jumped all over Jake Westbrook in the first two innings. After giving up a double to Placido Polanco, Westbrook loaded the bases by walking Hunter Pence and hitting Carlos Ruiz with a pitch.

Shane Victorino pushed the first run across on a ground out before Ty Wigginton’s two-run single made it 3-0. Freddy Galvis singled two batters later to make it 4-0.

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Kickin’ It Old School: Hamels Shuts Out Nats

Phillies SP Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 4, Nationals 0
WP – Cole Hamels (7-1, 2.17)
LP – Edwin Jackson (1-2, 3.38)

PHILADELPHIA — The only Phillies pitcher that can seem to beat Washington this season is Cole Hamels.

Enjoying a career season in which Hamels is looking to get paid, he shut down the Nationals for the second time this young season. He pitched eight scoreless, shutting down the Nationals in a 4-1 win to prevent a sweep and snap a four-game losing streak.

The left-hander shook off the Bryce Harper rematch billing that was created all week when he got the rookie to fly out for the game’s first out. He then proceeded to no-hit the Nationals all the way until the 6th inning.

Danny Espinosa broke up the no-no bid with his one-out double in the 6th. He was then gunned out at the plate by Hunter Pence on the very next at-bat, a single by Harper.

Hamels allowed only two more hits after that, pitching eight scoreless and striking out eight while walking three. It was a brilliant outing by a pitcher who’s mental toughness was questioned by the Nationals GM, Mike Rizzo, two weeks ago.

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Bowden (ESPN): Phils sign Fontenot



ORIGINAL — The Phillies are still stocking up on middle infield help, this time adding another player to the mix.

The Phils are reportedly going to sign free agent utility infielder Mike Fontenot to a one-year minor league contract, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN on Twitter.

Fontenot, who bats left-handed, played the last year and a half with the San Francisco Giants. Last season Fontenot hit .227 in 85 games with the Giants.

He’s a lateral move to Pete Orr, the current back up second baseman/short stop to Freddy Galvis.

Late Inning Heroics

The birthday may have belonged to Jayson Werth but the day itself belonged to another outfielder. Raul Ibanez’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Phillies the 5-4 lead and victory Thursday afternoon to split the two-game series with the Cubs. Jose Contreras fought off a ninth-inning threat by Chicago to preserve the win and notch his second save.

Joe Blanton only needed 71 pitches in seven innings of great work as he left the game with a 4-3 lead. He allowed three runs on five hits, a walk, and three strike outs. Danys Baez picked up his second win of the season as he pitched the rest of the eighth after Antonio Bastardo gave up a solo homer.

Ibanez had two hits on the day, his second coming at the most important time. Chase Utley hit a solo homer in the first and Jimmy Rollins’ three-run shot in the sixth gave the Phillies the 4-1 lead before it disappeared the next two innings. Werth had the day off but pinch-hit in the seventh and played the rest of the game.

Philadelphia had a huge scare in the ninth inning. Alfonso Soriano was hit with a full-count on the 11th pitch of the at-bat. He then got to third when Mike Fontenot singled to right field. With no outs, Contreras tightened up and struck out the next two batters before getting Geovany Soto to pop up to end the game.

It was hot as hell at the park and the fans grew extremely irritable in the ninth when Soriano took time after fouling the ball off his foot and then broke his bat on a foul ball during his 11-pitch at bat.

It was also nice seeing the offense score. The sixth and ninth innings were what this offense was capable of doing: getting on base and either driving the man home or hitting a three-run bomb.

The Phillies also got another quality start from the rotation, good signs for a team that has a hurting bull pen and a weird offense. The Phillies will have two of their studs next series versus Boston as they begin inter-league play on Friday.

Doubles: Polanco (10). HR: Utley (10), Rollins (2).

WP: Baez (2-1). LP: Grabow (0-3). S: Contreras (2)