Ruf’s Walk-off Lifts Phils Over Braves

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 04:35 PM | Comments: 14
2013 Spring Training

Adam Morgan pitched 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out five and giving up one earned keeping the Phils in the game until Darin Ruf walked it off in the 9th to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over their division rivals.

The Good

Ruf’s 2-4 day, with a homer, a single, and a wakl, lifted his Spring average to .246. Erik Kratz went 3-4 and was a triple away from the cycle. Morgan pitched well against the Braves’ starters and Ryan Howard and Yuniesky Betancourt each had two hits.

Areas of Opportunity

Solid game all around except forĀ  shaky appearances from Chad Durbin, who allowed three earned in 1 and 1/3, and Zach Miner, who tight roped out of self-inflicted jam to only allow one earned.

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Ttale of 2 stages of careers evolved after the game. Rodrigo Lopez was released, and Darin Ruf was sent to Triple A.

    Both Zoelecki and Salisbury applied logic to the game of Guess the Roster, citing Ender Inciarte’s improved chance of making the parent club.

    Salisbury tweeted this…

    “The Ruf move could mean Rule 5 OF inciarte makes team, though Amaro did not rule out trade for OF”

    So what are the chances of a trade? Well, if roster cut Endy Chavez, by KC is a sampling of the last minute cuts available, which is an if, that’s a paltry route. Enciarte better be getting valuble work behind the scenes, because his game experience isn’t abundant. You can’t read into this stuff too much, but Ruben seems to be the one that mentioned a trade as a possibility. Of course clubs are always talking to each other.

    • Posts: 0 George

      I interpreted Amaro’s comment to mean that the Phils could actually trade an outfielder, get one, or anything else. To me, he was only indicating an unfinished roster.

      Another interpretation would be that smoke is emanating from his hindquarters.

  • Posts: 4954 Lefty

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    The lesson learned here is don’t hit walk offs, or you’ll get sent down! Kidding of course, I think it’s a good idea to let Ruf learn to play LF at LV.

    I thought Jermaine Mitchell might last longer, oh well.

  • Posts: 4954 Lefty

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    Also, looks like Wilson Valdez was released just in case they need bullpen depth.

  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    I really don’t believe that Nix will last long in the Philly’s outfield, at least I hope the leash is not that long.

    If Brown produces and Revere can maintain his progress does that mean we will see more of Mayberry? Either way, Mayberry or Nix, I’m hoping that Ruf will be ready in time to join the majors come June.

    In the meantime — in case anyone needs a little pepper to get the season started -


    • Posts: 0 G7

      Mayberry/Nix is a natural platoon..Nix is only LH power off the bench..probable platoon until DYoung is ready to play.

  • Posts: 4954 Lefty

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    That was fun Brooks, thanks!

  • Posts: 0 JMills

    I would have went with Ruf. Mayberry and Nix have done nothing to deserve a starting platoon role. There is no way a serious contender can carry someone like Inciarte on the roster.

    • Posts: 0 hk

      Mayberry is a better fielder and base-runner than Ruf and has posted a .875 OPS and .371 wOBA vs. LHP’s, so he has more than earned a spot as the RH part of a platoon. Nix, on the other hand,…

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Best you can say for Nix is that in recent years he’s been a little better than league-average against righties. You typically want more from a corner outfielder, but it’s not horrible.

        The platoon is at least as good an option as Cody Ross:

        vs. LHP the last 3 years:
        Ross: .881 OPS, 135 wRC+
        JMJ: .881 OPS, 136 wRC+

        vs. RHP: the last 3 years:
        Ross: .716 OPS, 94 wRC+
        Nix: .771 OPS, 106 wRC+

        There’s always “leakage” in a platoon (JMJ facing righties, Nix vs. lefties), but it’s still close, I think.

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        (comparing to Ross since he was discussed as a possible free agent solution for a corner outfield spot)

      • Posts: 4954 Lefty

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        Good stuff Schmenk,
        They saved 3 years and 26 million dollars by not signing Ross, and can still use that money on someone better either in trade now, or the deadline. Or the next three year’s of outfield FA’s might produce a better value.

  • Posts: 296 Jay Floyd

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    HOW exactly did Ruf end the game?

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