It was an easy moment for 45,359 fans to rally behind a 22-year-old rookie.
The Phillies already had scored three times in the inning off Marlins ace Josh Johnson to erase a 1-0 deficit. With two outs, Johnson decided to load the bases by intentionally walking Carlos Ruiz to get to second baseman Freddy Galvis, the fresh-faced kid who was in the lineup and not in Triple-A only because Chase Utley began the season on the disabled list.
When Galvis walked up to the plate to face Johnson, the "FREDDY, FREDDY!" chants began to take over Citizens Bank Park.
"That's the first time I've heard that many people yell my name," Galvis said. "I was like, 'All right, I have to do something.' "
Galvis did a couple of things: He turned on a fastball from Johnson, ripping the ball into right field for a two-run double, and he got the sold-out crowd at the nine-year-old ballpark to say his name in unison even louder.
"The fans, when they do that kind of stuff, we get a lot more confident," Galvis said. "You know you have a lot of people behind you, supporting you. I just try to put a swing on it, make good contact and thankfully I got a hit."
Galvis' double highlighted an inning in which the Phillies score more runs (five) in one inning than they had in nine innings of any of their previous four games. Coming into play Wednesday, the Phils had one win, a 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Opening Day, thanks to an offense that was hitting .198 with four extra-base hits, the fewest of any team in baseball.
But after Roy Halladay grounded out to begin the third inning, Juan Pierre, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino banged out consecutive hits off Johnson to begin the rally that awoke their offense for the first time this season. Galvis capped the rally and received Hero-of-the-Day status in South Philly.
"To go up and have them chanting his name like that and for him to come through, that's pretty cool," Halladay said. "Hopefully that's a boost for him, something he'll always remember."
RHP Roy Halladay improved to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA after two starts by outpitching fellow ace Josh Johnson in the Phillies' 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
Halladay, who held the Pirates to two hits in eight shutout innings on Opening Day, had a less stressful second start when the Phillies scored five runs in the third innings and then chased Johnson in the fourth.
"Five, six runs helps, helps a lot," Halladay said. "You can be aggressive and go after guys and make them put the ball in play."
Chase Utley remains in Phoenix, where he is getting daily treatment from physical therapist Brett Fischer. The Phillies should have a better idea of where Utley is at physically next week, when he is expected to travel with the team on a West Coast trip through San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley, who is battling chondromalacia in his left knee, is currently working on building up his strength.
"Last year when he came back he was stealing bases, he was running," Amaro said. "The one thing he didn't have a whole lot of, one of the thing he's lacked, was his strength, which is something that he's working on right now. So he's a little ahead or more ahead of the 8-ball than maybe he was as far as his strength was concerned last year."
RHP Jose Contreras will pitch in back-to-back games for the first time at Class A Clearwater on Thursday and Friday. Contreras, who had elbow surgery in September, could be activated from the 15-day disabled list this weekend.