6/15/2013 10:05 P.M. ET
Diekman impresses in season debut
By Owen Perkins / Special to MLB.com
DENVER -- Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman made a good impression in his season debut Friday, despite giving up a hard liner to Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez on the first pitch of his sophomore campaign. The ball landed for a single to left. Gonzalez also homered, walked, and singled three times in his five plate appearances from the three-hole.
"He did it last year, too," Diekman said of Gonzalez's first-pitch production off him. "I've faced him twice, and he's only seen two pitches."
Diekman was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Thursday and is a likely candidate to return there when lefty John Lannan is activated Monday to start against the Nationals. The way he handled the middle of the lineup after an immediate hit from Gonzalez impressed his manager, inducing infield grounders from right-handed cleanup hitter Michael Cuddyer and lefty Todd Helton before manager Charlie Manuel went to the 'pen again for the final out of the seventh inning against another righty.
"He recovered," Manuel said. "Gonzalez is a good hitter. I was glad he hit a low liner. He's tough. It's hard to get him out. Diekman hung in there. He got that right-hander."
Diekman had a solid season with Philadelphia last year, posting a 3.95 ERA in 32 relief appearances spanning two stints in the big leagues. His composure against the middle of the Rockies' lineup speaks to the experience he garnered in his rookie season.
"You gotta go right after them," Diekman said. "Cuddyer's ball was hit hard. You just got to throw strikes. You can't get behind. Especially with three, four, five."
Scuffling Galvis happy to contribute to victory
DENVER -- Freddy Galvis wasn't the first player to find a Coors Field cure for what's been ailing him at the plate, but his bat busted out of a slump in a big way Friday night.
"Freddy's been struggling a little bit," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He had two triples and four [RBIs]. That's big."
Galvis' two triples marked a career high, as did his four RBIs, giving him a 2-for-5 night at the plate that changed the complexion of the game. His hits came in the sixth and seventh innings, and helped turn a 7-2 deficit into an 8-7 lead that held up for the final score.
"Every time you make a contribution to the team, you feel good," Galvis said. "Hopefully, I keep swinging good and try to help the team."
It had been a long time since Galvis had been able to contribute much at all. His last multi-RBI game came April 17 at Cincinnati, and he entered Friday's game hitting .050 (1-for-20) in six games on the road trip and posting a .152 (12-for-79) average since May 20, with 24 strikeouts in his last 83 at-bats. He struck out in his first at-bat, but turned it around by the third time he faced Juan Nicasio, pacing the Phillies to their second consecutive victory after dropping five straight to the Brewers and Twins.
"Sometimes, that's the kind of game you need to get back on track," Galvis said. "You have to stay confident. It's a big season. We have something like 90 more games. You have to stay with your head up and try to play hard every day."
Rollins starts Saturday, but hip still an issue
DENVER -- Jimmy Rollins was back in the starting lineup for the Phillies Saturday after coming off the bench in Friday's series opener with a sore right hip.
Rollins was able to pinch-hit Friday night in the seventh inning, despite manager Charlie Manuel's desire to stay away from him and let him rest his hip. Rollins responded with an RBI single to center, driving home what proved to be the game-winner in an 8-7 victory.
"We're trying to win the game," Manuel said of his decision to go to Rollins. "My philosophy is when you're behind in the game, you got to catch up to win it."
Rollins went 0-for-3 and came out of Saturday's game as part of a double-switch in the bottom of the fifth. He acknowledged his hip remains an issue.
"I didn't have to do too much running today, unfortunately, so it didn't bother me," Rollins said. " I didn't stretch out. It feels better from Thursday. That's why I took yesterday off, to let that progression happen. I got [assistant athletic trainer] Ichiro [Kitano] to dig in it, so it was a little sore today from him working on it. It's not something I'm going to go out there tomorrow and say, 'it's not around.' It's going to be there, but nothing to really hinder the way I play, necessarily."
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.