Things were looking extra inning-ly until Ruf said” Screw this, I’m going home” and sent that ball flying so far, it probably landed on Ruf’s car! By the way, that’s not an official quote.
So, let’s talk about the game. For one thing, Cole Hamels was brilliant:
Hamels (7-13) made just two mistakes Sunday — two long homers off the bat of Evan Gattis– and they nearly cost him the win.
Gattis’ first home run, in the second inning, traveled 480 feet to center field. In the seventh, he tied the game with a long ball that went deep into the left-field bleachers. It was his first career multi-homer game.
They were the only two hits Hamels allowed over eight innings. He struck out nine, walked two and retired the side in order four times.
Now, for the HR that helped the win:
“It was a good sign for Darin to go right-center like that,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He seems to get a lot of pitches away. It’s a good sign he stayed on that one, and it was a big moment. That’s what he needs to continue to do.”