The fact that Nationals came into last night’s game with the best record in baseball was simply fuel for the Phillies fire who were determined to give their Division rival a tough time. Nats pitching got Ruf’d up by the Phillies who homered 3 times in the game and won by a score of 6-3.
Carlos Ruiz smashed a 2-run shot in the 3rd and Domonic Brown added another homer in the 6th. But the biggest bang of the evening came off the bat of rookie Darin Ruf in the 2nd inning. His first major league hit wound up being a home run to left center field. That was a fitting start to his major league career as Ruf had already hit 38 homers this year in Double-A ball.
But the best part of Ruf’s homer was watching him get the silent treatment in the dugout for the entire inning. Not even the bat boy would acknowledge the rookie. Ruf tried to give him a fist bump and was totally denied. Finally, after a lot of muffled giggling and players attempting to maintain their composure, he was mobbed by his teammates. That had to be some kind of record for blowing off a rookie after his first home run.
After the game, Ruf told reporters, “That was very loving of them…The longest silent treatment of all time, I guess.” Welcome to the Bigs, kid.
Game 2 with the Nationals starts tonight at 7:05pm.
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