Entering Saturday’s game against the Marlins, Athletics closer Sean Doolittle hadn’t allowed a run in over two months. Doolittle gave up four to the Astros in abysmal performance on April 26.
The Marlins ended Doolittle’s scoreless innings streak at 26 2/3. In the bottom of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton ripped a one-out double, then promptly scored on Casey McGehee’s single to center field, tying the game up at 6-6. Doolittle escaped the inning without any further damage.
Doolittle is now carrying a 2.08 ERA, a 0.59 WHIP, and a ridiculous 56/1 K/BB ratio. His last walk came on May 20, when Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan drew a two-out walk.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.