In a lopsided 8-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at the Bank, there's no point in dwelling on the negatives. It's been a rough season and the latest defeat to send the Phillies to 66-78 kind of blends in.
So where were the positives in Tuesday night's loss? There weren't many, that's for sure.
But let's try to dig some out:
* Ethan Martin made his debut out of the 'pen.
It would be tough to pitch any better than the rookie Martin in his first look-see out of the bullpen. Possibly a closer of the future, Martin was perfect in the sixth inning. He had a strikeouts and all 10 of his pitches were strikes. For a guy who throws 98-mph, that type of control can be game-changing.
* Freddy Galvis is a pretty good left fielder.
For a guy who never stepped a foot into the outfield, ever, until he dug up a big glove and went out there for a few Grapefruit League games last March, Galvis has great instincts. On one play during Tuesday's game, Galvis hustled to deftly cut off a base hit before it got to the wall and held it to a single. Even experienced outfielders would not have had the wherewithal to take the correct angle on such a hard hit ball, but Galvis, in just his seventh game in the outfield, got there.
* Cody Asche can hit.
The rookie hit his fifth homer of the season in the fifth inning. He also drew a walk.
* Kevin Frandsen would be a nice utility player on a good team.
Maybe that good team will be the 2014 Phillies? Nevertheless, Frandsen has been fun to watch this season. He's played three infield positions and also has experience at shortstop and the corner outfield positions. On Tuesday, he saw 28 pitches in four plate appearances and hit a double.
* Cameron Rupp gets his first hit.
We're not sure if the catcher Rupp was expected to see much time at Triple-A this season. We know for sure that he wasn't expected to be in the big leagues. Nevertheless, Rupp made his major league debut on Tuesday night and collected his first hit.
Rupp also joins the list of Phillies who got their first hit this season along with Asche, Cesar Hernandez, Steve Susdorf and Jonathan Pettibone. Last year five players got their first big leagues hits for the Phillies, including Galvis, Darin Ruf, Steve Lerud, Tyler Cloyd and B.J. Rosenberg.