For some odd reason, I am loving watching the Philadelphia Phillies right now. I mean, I know I am not watching good baseball or even average baseball at times, but I truly enjoy watching the kids play even though this team is not winning many games.
One of the kids I am talking about is Darin Ruf, and his trials and tribulations in the outfield. The bad? How he froze on a ball hit by Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen, that sailed beautifully over his head. The good? The diving catch he against Medlen a few innings later — that’s what I love to see, adjustments by the youngsters.
You also have Domonic Brown trying to make it to second on a hustle play. Dude, I love the hustle, but you had the play right in front of you. You have to be able to read that. Then again, Dom is hitting .292 with two bombs and six RBIs since his return from the DL. Trials and tribulations, people.
The Phils are now 53-66 with their 3-1 loss to Braves. They now trail the Braves by 19.5 games. Man, that happened fast. The Phils will try to take the rubber match and John Lannan (3-5 with 4.81 ERA) will take the ball for them. Lannan has allowed 10 earned runs over his last 9.1 innings pitched. He will be opposed by Brandon Beachy (1-0 with 5.00 ERA).
Beachy is making his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery. In his last outing, he went eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one free pass while striking out six in a 5-0 win.