Call Him RF Ruf
KK fell behind early but righted the ship and the offense came alive last night as the Phillies won their fourth straight over the Cubs dating back to last season.
Ruf, playing right field for the first time, came up big offensively to lead the way. He’s reached base in 33 consecutive games, going back to 2012, the longest current streak in the majors. Club record: 56, Mike Schmidt, 1981-82.
The win ended a five-game losing streak in which the Phillies scored a total of 12 runs. It was the biggest outburst since the 13-run game on July 19, the first game after the All-Star Game break. In 112 games, the Phillies have scored eight or more runs just nine times.
In another scheduling quirk, last night’s game against the Cubs was the first since May of 2012 . . . After being hot early in the season, Phillies pinch hitters are now 0-23 . . . Rollins (ss), Utley (2b), Brown (LF) are the only starters last night who were at the same position on opening day, April 1. No foolin’.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley won, 4-1, at Charlotte as 5 different players got 2 hits each. 1B Cody Overbeck, 19th HR, 3rd straight game in which he’s gone deep. WP: Adam Morgan (2-5), 1 R, 5 IP.
**Reading ended a 4-game losing streak, 4-3, at Harrisburg in 12 innings. Fighin Phils scored 2 in the 9th to tie and won on SF by Albert Cartwright. RF Kelly Dugan, 5th HR. No decision: starter Mario Holland, 0 R, 1 H, 7 IP, 4 BB, 7 SO. RH Kyle Simon fanned 2 with runners on 2nd and 3rd for his 8th save.
**Clearwater was not scheduled.
**Lakewood lost its 7th straight, 3-0, at Hagerstown getting only a single and a double.
**Williamsport lost, 10-2, at Tri-City. 1B Logan Pierce hit his 4th HR. CF Gustavo Martinez, 14th steal.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won their 3rd in a row, 7-6, over the Braves. SS J.P. Crawford, 3-4, 4 RBI, including 1st pro HR; leads club at .381. 1B Wilbert Oberto, 2-4, 6th HR, 3 RBI. Denton Keyes (1-1) picked up his 1st pro win.
August 7, 1991–LHP Mitch Williams ties major league record for relief pitchers by beating Chicago Cubs, 5-4, at Veterans Stadium in 11 innings for his third victory in three consecutive games.