Rookie Galvis finding his stride at the plate

Rookie Galvis finding his stride at the plate

Rookie Galvis finding his stride at the plate
PHILADELPHIA -- Over the course of a six-game winning streak, the Phillies; offense has been given a much needed boost by the lower half of the lineup. In particular, rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis has found a good rhythm at the plate.

"He's not getting out real, quick, not overstriding," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's got a little more juice than you think he has. Especially when he catches a ball good."

Glavis' home run in the eighth inning of the Phils' 6-4 win over Boston on Friday night gave the home team a much needed cushion. In all, the youngster is ranked first among rookies in games (40), and second in RBIs (17), extra base hits (14) as well as doubles (11). He also entered Saturday night's game with six hits in his last 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position. In Saturday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox, Galvis hit a two-run homer off Jon Lester.

"A lot of it is confidence and getting relaxed," Manuel said. "[We gave him some days off] hoping that it would slow him down a bit. Just get him to watch the game. He was trying hard, striding quick and his swing was getting long. That break was good."