Ruf Hits First Major-League HR in Phillies’ Win

Posted by Corey Seidman, Tue, September 25, 2012 10:19 PM | Comments: 14
2012 Game Recaps

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 three of the hits are home runs and one was a double.

The Phillies’ bullpen shut the Nationals down for four innings. Josh Lindblom pitched a scoreless sixth, Antonio Bastardo and Justin De Fratus combined for a 1-2-3 seventh and Phillippe Aumont tossed a perfect eighth. Jonathan Papelbon finished it off in the ninth, striking out two to pick up his 37th save. He has a 2.26 ERA.

The series continues Wednesday night with Kyle Kendrick against the infamous John Lannan, who is 2-12 with a 5.79 ERA in his career against the Phillies.

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  • Posts: 0 Jaron B


  • Posts: 0 Mike

    I wasn’t able to watch the game. How did Ruf look in left field? I really hope he’s not gonna be another prospect blocked by Howard at first.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    Mike, Ruf will never be 1/10th the player howard is. Not in his wildest dreams. Not in yours either.

    • Posts: 0 PtinOosha

      J, your response got me thnkiing. At first, I totally agreed with your best-case scenario, but wouldn’t the real best case-scenario be St. Louis winning a one-game playoff on Thursday?While that would give the Phils the Cardinals matchup that we didn’t want, but wouldn’t you prefer to play a Cards team that couldn’t set their rotation over a D’backs team that will have a totally rested bullpen and Kennedy and Hudson lined up for Games 1 2?

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    Ryan, I’m a Ryan Howard fan, I’m not saying Ruf will be anywhere close to his skill level. Few players will. I was merely holding out hope that Ruf can play left field for us and be somewhat productive.

  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    The game was very entertaining and I was into it the whole way. Nice to see so many folks at the park doing the same….watching THEIR team fight to the finish like they are. 8 games left…let’s win at least 5 of them to finish 83-79 (just sounds a whole lot better than 81-81 or 82-80). Of course, if they run the table….???… Nah…just me dreaming.

    Oh, and Ruf’s HR was impressive. That pitch looked like it was going to totally jam him and tie him up and he just turned on it really fast. Good stuff with the freeze out in the dugout, too. I love seeing those guys having a good time. It’s gonna be a long winter without them entertaining me just about every night. How many days til Spring Training???

    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      yo chuck i watched him hit that homer man and i saw it coming! he woeked the count good. i said to my son he’s gonna pop one man! i told my boy he’s gonna try to jam him, if his bat is as quick as some people say and he’s waiting for it boom! no soner did i get that out he banged it! man i jumped off the couch pumping my fist yelling look at that ! did you see him ? did you see his hands and where the ball hit the bat? chuck if you noticed he didn’t hit it on the sweet spot and he actually pulled his arms in and pow! that’s pure power there my man. reminded me a little of luzinski. he had that short quick powerful swing.
      chuck i hope this kid can play left at least as well as burrel. just catch what you get to. and throw to the right bases. he has a good eye also works the count and also hit the other ball for a hit. he hit it where it was pitched and he went with it, to right center. cholly better play this kid in every remaining game to see what he’ll do against righty’s i’m betting he’ll hit them . and i agree win at least 5 more.

  • Posts: 0 brooks

    Chuck, wasn’t that pitch belt high and somewhat towards the outside of the plate? I dont recall exactly but it sure was a good swing, he got all of it.
    Sorry to say gents, prepare for the worst tonight and tomorrow – I go to both games and my record really, really stinks

    • Posts: 0 c schreiber

      Than stay the “F” home.

  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    Brooks, it was belt high but more towards the inside. Most guys would have just fought it off and gotten a piece of it because they would have been late on the swing and jammed. But he just quickly turned on it.

  • Posts: 993 betasigmadeltashag

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    It was a fun game to watch, Ruf did not have many balls hit to him in LF, seemed on one he did not to get a good jump, and it turned into a double. I am not judging on one ball but he is definetly a work in Progress in the LF. He did put another good swing on his single he hit in a later at bat. I think he is going to be a good hitter and hopefully can be a full time LF next year and give a little more punch to this lineup.

  • Posts: 105 pamikedc

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    @Bets..thanks a lot
    Bc I was very curious how he played in LF

  • Posts: 1135 EricL

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    Corey, you forgot a triple. In FreeDom Brown’s last 10:

    .235/.316/.588, 5BB/7K, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR

    And just for fun, here’s a look at Hunter Pence’s last 10:

    .167/.270/.167, 4BB/9K, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR

  • Posts: 0 MP

    Thanks for reminding me that Pence was traded!

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