Philadelphia Phillies Making Walk-offs A Habit

By Joseph Hickman
Darin Ruf Philadelphia Phillies
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Three straight walk-offs?  I know it doesn’t mean a thing, but I am enjoying these games. Last night’s “W” for the Philadelphia Phillies makes four walk-offs wins within a week. I don’t think Ryne Sandberg could ask for a better start. The Phils are loving the different styles of walk-offs too: they had an error, two-base hits, and a walk to led to wins. That’s baseball, folks.

Cole Hamels was good again. He could’ve only given up one run, but Domonic Brown lost the ball in the twilight. Hamels went seven innings while striking out four and giving out three free passes in a no-decision. He is used to that by now.

Carlos Ruiz, what is Ruben Amaro going to do with you? As more games go by, he is making it harder and harder for Ruben. Chooch’s average is now up to .282. He is batting .373 with two bombs and seven RBIs in the month of August. As someone said on Twitter, time to put the Adderall jokes away.

Darin Ruf hit his major league-leading eighth homer of August. He has now reached base 45 of his 49 big league games. Well then … Ruf is on his way to locking up an outfield spot next year. The one thing that has impressed me the most so far is his adjustments in the outfield. Will he ever be a Gold Glover?  Nah, but he could be like Pat Burrell — If Burrell got to a ball, he was catching it.

Don’t look now, but suddenly the Phillies’ pen has been doing some nice things. In their last 27 of 31 individual appearances, the relievers haven’t given up a single run. They also have  a 1.91 ERA in that 10-game span, according to John Finger of CSN. They have plenty of arms down there, but they needed to find pitchers. They may have started to find some.

For game two against the Arizona DiamondbacksEthan Martin (2-2 5.23 ERA) will take the bump for the Phillies. Martin went 6.1 innings in this last start while giving up just two runs on four hits, two free passes and striking out six. Randall Delgado (4-4 3.82 ERA) will be on the hill for the D-Backs. In his last outing, Randall went six innings while allowing five earned runs, and handed out three free passes.

Joseph Hickman is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @phillytugger, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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