The Braves beat the Phillies 2-1 Friday evening, in the home stretch of an Orwellian race to the bottom. The two teams are the only teams in baseball with 90 or more losses.
Adam Morgan pitched a lackluster six innings, allowing only the pair of runs on six hits. He didn't walk anybody, but struck out only three. Dalier Hinojosa finished off the game with two more solid innings, allowing a single hit and two strike outs.
Meanwhile, the Phils' bats were not able to do much against Atlanta's Williams Perez, he of the 7.90 ERA and 24:23 walk to strikeout ratio in his last nine starts. They combined for seven hits, but only one, Cameron Rupp's solo home run in the second, was more than a single.
Odubel Herrera went 2 for 5, raising his average back closer to .300, but the rest of the offense was very blah.
Then this thing happened. Darin Ruf, much maligned, ignored, fawned over, ignored some more and thought little of, did a thing.
Nice job Darin.
With the loss, the Phils drop to 56-92 on the year. They are in last place, two games behind Atlanta for the first overall pick next year.
As if it wasn't obvious by now, I didn't watch this game, and only caught snippets while mowing the lawn for perhaps the last time this year. Winter is coming, folks, but we've got 14 games of baseball left to enjoy. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go enjoy my Victory Gin.