Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ruf Ties Howard Reading HR Mark

READING -- Darin Ruf has tied the single-season Reading Phillies club record with his 37th home run in tonight’s 12-8 win at First Energy Stadium against the Binghamton Mets.

Ruf Ties Howard Reading HR Mark

READING -- Darin Ruf has tied the single-season Reading Phillies club record with his 37th home run in tonight’s 12-8 win at First Energy Stadium against the Binghamton Mets.

His home run tied Ryan Howard’s Reading team record that was set in 2004.

"He is a special player and it’s great to be tied with him right now," Ruf said.

The two-run home run came in the bottom of the sixth inning, tying the score at 8-8. Ruf has played mainly first base this season but was in left field tonight. He then moved to first base in the ninth inning.

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He has recently been playing more left field, a move to make him more marketable.

It was Ruf’s 19th home run in 28 August games. The record-tying home run was estimated to be more than 400 feet to left field.

"It’s been a great month and something I will remember forever," Ruf said.

 Ruf struck out in his final at-bat in the eighth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with the two-run home run.

The 26-year-old Ruf is now hitting .317 and has 98 RBIs.

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