According to readingphillies.com writer Tony Zonca, slugger Randy Ruiz (.320, 10-42) was promoted to Triple-A Ottawa following the R-Phils’ morning win over Altoona. [Link]
Ruiz, 29, returned to the organization after the Pirates let him go earlier this season. This is his first promotion to Triple-A despite a career .301/.381/.525/.906 mark with 128 homers. He is generally regarded as a righty slugger without a position and a sketchy past. He failed baseball’s drug policy twice.
As for the the game, which started at 9:35 a.m., left-hander Matt Maloney tossed a season-high 7 2-3 innings and allowed two runs and four hits, matching a season high with seven strikeouts.
Costanzo finding success in three-hole: Reading beat writer Mike Drago reports that over his first 22 games as the No. 3 hitter, third baseman Mike Costanzo batted .321 with five homers, nine doubles, 19 runs scored and 15 RBIs. The 24-year-old is now tied for the Eastern League lead with 14 homers and his OPS has climbed to .813. His 97 strikeouts still leads the league, and manager P.J. Forbes still thinks he has a long road ahead of him to the majors, but this latest surge is a welcome sign indeed. [Link]