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Carlos Ruiz, the Phillies best player by far this season, left last night’s game in the 6th inning with an oblique strain.
Just when it appears that there may be signs of life for the Philadelphia Phillies, something comes along and alters their course. After putting together a 2 game winning streak at the expense of the Minnesota Twins, the Phillies pulled into Toronto with hopes of extending the streak and building some momentum.
For the Phillies, it wasn’t so much about losing the game. It was much more about losing something much more valuable.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has been among the best hitters in baseball this season left the game in the 6th inning with a strained left oblique. The muscle pull will be re-evaluated, but a trip to the disabled list is probable.
Ruiz is currently third in All Star Balloting and has been, by far, the best player for the Phillies this year. Always known for his defense and game calling, Ruiz stepped up and tried to fill the gaping holes in the Phillies lineup left by injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Ruiz is in the midst of a career year, and this may very well cost him a trip to the All Star Game.
More than the individual accolades, the impact on the team is what will worry fans more. The team already lacks the aforementioned Howard and Utley, along with Roy Halladay, it’s best pitcher. With Carlos Ruiz going down, Brian Schneider will have to step in and take over the team’s catching duties.
More and more, this appears to be a lost season for the Phillies. They now trail the division leading Washington Nationals by 9 games and 11 games in the loss column.
Every time there is hope, something snuffs it out.
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John Mayberry’s two out three-run home run in the third amounted for most of the Phillies’ offense.
A safe lead, unless you are the Phillies.
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Final: Phillies 6, Twins 1.
WP: Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93)
LP: Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13)
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