PITTSBURGH -- Freddy Galvis smiled easily in front of his locker Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.
He made his big league debut in a 1-0 victory over the Pirates. He turned a double play in the first inning, helping Roy Halladay get out of a jam. He cleanly fielded the other four balls hit his way, too.
The Phillies have Galvis in the lineup because of his defense, but he certainly is hoping for better fortunes offensively. He grounded into two double plays in his first two at-bats, becoming the 11th player in baseball history to hit into two double plays in his big league debut, according to Baseball Reference.
"I didn't get a hit today, but we won," Galvis said. "I enjoyed it. It's a lot different here. It's the big leagues. I tried to stay focused. ... I felt good. The first inning I was a little bit nervous, but after that I was good."
Said Halladay: "He did great in the field. At the plate ... for a young guy, him getting in there and getting the first one out of the way is important. But he's a tremendous fielder, and that's probably the biggest reason he's with us. We need guys that can play defense and do the little things, and I believe he can do that for us."