Carlos Ruiz almost wasn't a Phillies player this year, the team considered replacing him with someone else, what a mistake that would have been. Ruiz is a player who quietly goes about his business, and plays the game hard and has great games that don't really get a lot of hype. Last night was one of those night's again for Ruiz.
Last night, Ruiz went 3-4 with 1 RBI in a comeback Phillies win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also put a great swipe tag on a runner with the new, 'don't block the plate rule'. As announcer Tom McCarthy said, it's been a tough adjustment for a lot of catchers because prior to this year the catcher always blocked the plate and that is what was taught for years.
Cliff Lee got hit early in this game, he was making his pitches, but the Diamondbacks made a few key hits and the Phillies found themselves down 5-0 fairly early in the game. The Dbacks would let the Phillies back into this game, committing 3 errors along the way in a 6-5 comeback win for the Phils.
The Phils climb back up to .500 with the win at 12-12 on the year. The Diamondbacks dropped down to 8-19 on the year, the Phillies broke the Diamondbacks 3 game winning streak. Bronson Arroyo is now 37 years old and with last night's game he is 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA so far.
Cody Asche paid some dividends last night, as he seems to be struggling to hold his position. He's been platooned the last few games with Freddy Galvis, who has had a horrible road trip he's 0-23 on this slump for him.
Today it's AJ Burnett for the Phils, he is 0-1 with a 2.73 ERA so far.
Notes for Phillies players:
How hot is Ruiz? (from the Phillies Press notes for today)
Over his first 14 games this season (3/31-4/19), catcher Carlos Ruiz was
batting just .204 (10-49) with four extra-base hits and no RBI ... But since Monday, Ruiz has busted
out of his slump in a big way, batting .500 (11-22) with a .593 OBP, 1.502 OPS, six extra-base hits
(4 2B, 3B, HR), seven RBI and eight runs scored in six games
Rollins on the edge of Phillies greatness
Jimmy Rollins has been on the Phillies for a very long time, he's also amassed a great amount of hits, he's only 35 hits away from breaking the Phillies all-time record - Mike Schmidt owns the record for most hits as a Phillies player at the moment at 2,234.