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Cole Hamels lasted just five innings but won his career-high 16th game.
Starting for the first time since being called up to the Phillies, Darin Ruf homered in his first at-bat for his first major-league hit and home run. He was completely ignored in the dugout by his teammates for the next 10 minutes in one of the funnier moments of the Phillies’ season, only being congratulated after the inning finally ended.
The Phils (78-76) won, 6-3, despite getting only five innings out of Cole Hamels.
Hamels needed 99 pitches to get through five laborious frames, but the reward was his career-high 16th win. Hamels improved to 16-6 with a 3.11 ERA.
The major blow for the Phillies was Carlos Ruiz‘ three-run homer, which gave the Phillies a comfortable 5-1 cushion in the third inning. Ruiz is hitting .327 with 16 homers and 65 RBI.
Domonic Brown crushed a ball to right field in the sixth for a solo shot, his fifth of the season. Brown is just 8-for-34 (.235) over his last 10 games, but thre...
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Was it over before it began because of a missing Howard? (PHOTO: AP)
…Or maybe the beginning of the end was really nine days ago when the Phillies lost three-of-four to the worst team in the NL, the Houston Astros. Maybe it was the beginning of the end when Carlos Ruiz went down with a foot injury and missed the dog days of summer. Maybe it was the beginning of the end when Roy...
Phillies fans are excited about Darin Ruf, who spent the year with AA Reading and broke the team record for home runs in a season, blasting 38 dingers on the season. However, he turned 26 in July and was way too old for the level. While that's true, the fact that he's a power threat is also true, regardless of age. In Tuesday's Phillies-Nationals game, Ruf cracked his...
Darin Ruf ignited the offense for the Philadelphia Phillies to keep the flame of postseason hope burning. Is there a divine intervention in the vault?
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This is one of the best and cruelest jokes I have seen in a professional setting. Imagine you are a rookie, just like Phillies’ outfielder Darin Ruf, and you just smashed your first home run. You would expect your teammates to go ballistic, high-fives everywhere, and more smiles than you could hope for. This would seem like a natural reaction. However, last night when Darin...
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Darin Ruf hit his first Homerun in the second inning of tonight’s Phillies Nationals game.
This exclusive video includes his entire at bat and his teammates ignoring him as he came around the bases and into the dugout.
Two mighty teams have tumbled from supremacy this season, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. Each team has been winning for the better part of the last decade, but has fallen upon hard times this season due to injuries and bad contracts. How about helping each other out?To Boston- Ryan Howard and his 4 years and $105M remaining on his contract.To Philly- John...
The fact that Nationals came into last night’s game with the best record in baseball was simply fuel for the Phillies fire who were determined to give their Division rival a tough time. Nats pitching got Ruf’d up by the Phillies who homered 3 times in the game and won by a score of 6-3.
Carlos Ruiz smashed a 2-run shot in the 3rd and Domonic Brown added another homer in the 6th...
A quick update on Phillies starter Roy Halladay. Despite looking really off during his last start and being skipped in the rotation, Roy Halladay will pitch again this season. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Halladay will start on Saturday:
Dubee said Halladay looked fine in his bullpen. He expects him to start Saturday as scheduled.
Of course, had he really been...
Well we're in territory we haven't been in lately. Unless the Phillies win out and a bunch of people lose, the smart money is on the notion that they are playing the final 9 games. Sharing that idea could possibly be Charlie Manuel as he calls on Darin Ruf to make his first major league start in LF. We've only seen a few pinch hit ABs so far so this is the first...
As they cling to the final arrow in their quiver, the Philadelphia Phillies and Jimmy Rollins are running out of battles. However, did anybody expect a postseason shot this late in the year?
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Video above (via MLB.com) of Bryce Harper's 2-run home run off Kyle Kendrick in the first inning of Kendrick's BP session Wednesday night in Philly. Just home run #20 for Harper, no biggie.
Oh, and Harper just became an uncle -- and so MASN's F.P. Santangelo coined the new moniker "Uncle Bryce":
Washington Nationals (93-61) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (78-76)
John Lannan (3-0, 4.43) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 60
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We’re down to just eight games left in the season, and only two on the home schedule. If you haven’t been to a game yet, now is the time. Just a wear...
Ruf’s first major league home run against the Washington Nationals, a glimpse at the future? The power that was shown by Ruf in fisting the ball out of the park, the added power we need next season. Whether or not Ruf will be that guy should be decided during the winter. Winter ball for Ruf will turn him into the new better Pat Burrell. Better because Ruf is a hitter, fighting...