Ruggiano part of exclusive eight
SAN DIEGO — Justin Ruggiano took a couple for the team on Sunday, and the center fielder also delivered a couple of shots of his own.
In Miami’s 14-2 rout of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Ruggiano earned an interesting distinction. He is just the eighth player since the early 1900s to get hit twice by pitches and also hit two home runs in the same game.
The last to do so is Ruggiano’s former Tampa Bay teammate, Jonny Gomes in 2010.
Ruggiano joins some exclusive company.
HIT BY PITCH TWICE & HOMER TWICE
Brian Downing 7/28/88
Jonny Gomes 6/12/10
Harmon Killebrew 5/2/59
Justin Ruggiano 5/5/13
Al Smith 6/21/61
Barry Bonds 5/21/91
Don Buford 5/31/71
Carlton Fisk 7/5/84
— Joe Frisaro