Darin Ruf continued his assault on major league pitching on Tuesday night (AP Photo).
The Phillies playoff hopes are long gone, but fans desperately searching for a reason to keep watching need to look no further than Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and Cody Asche. The contracts and lack of production from the Phillies aging offensive core make their development critical for the team’s future, and all three delivered in some way on Tuesday night in a 9-8 comeback win over the Cubs.
The trio of 20-somethings combined for five hits, three runs and four RBIs on the night, bailing out Kyle Kendrick who was mediocre in his six innings of work. The Phils trailed 4-1 and 5-2, before they stormed back. Kendrick gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits, and was hurt by two long balls before he settled down. Chase Utley also had a big night, collecting three hits, two runs and two RBIs.
Jonathan Papelbon was very shaky in the ninth and Brown dropped a routine fly ball in the process, but the ...