The Phillies completed their best inning of baseball Wednesday night, a five-run rally at the expense of ace Josh Johnson, while the crowd sent a clear message: they're thirsty for new blood.
Beerleaguer: Raise your hand if Freddy Galvis, who had never played an inning in the Majors and was assigned to replace perhaps the most beloved Philadelphia athlete of his generation, represented the player you were looking forward to observing most this April. Freddy was my choice. He's young, fresh, and skill-wise, he's like no other prospect we've seen since Jimmy Rollins, really. Fan reaction rarely makes for good subject matter, but the "Freddy! Freddy!" chants Wednesday night spoke volumns about a). the intellegence and awareness of the crowd b). an understanding of the situation at second c). an early recognition of legitamite talent d). a fanbase perhaps willing to let go of the past.
The game's other story - the "small-ball" stuff - it can get overblown. Yeah, the Phillies got after Johnson by stringing together a bunch of hits, but they've been great baserunners for years, and that's really what drove the inning ... and Freddy's big moment.
Transaction: The Orioles signed Phillies non-roster spring invitee Joel Pineiro to a minor league deal. The right-hander was released by the Phils midway through spring training. He's been assigned to Baltimore's Triple-A club.