Phillies and Carlos Ruiz: Top 51 Moments for Chooch

Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) scores past New York Mets relief pitcher Erik Goeddel (62) on a wild pitch during the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) scores past New York Mets relief pitcher Erik Goeddel (62) on a wild pitch during the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

15. Walk-off double against Los Angeles

Scoring eight runs in the final two innings against the Dodgers, Philadelphia walked off with a beautiful 10-9 victory against LA. Ruiz was 3-5 in the game, but his two-run walk-off double against (who else) Jonathan Broxton sealed the game.

14. Utley’s World Series magic

One of the greatest plays in Phillies history is the Chase Utley pump fake throw to home play in the World Series. Chooch made the play possible with a great tag at the plate that goes unnoticed thanks to the immortal Utley.

13. Go-ahead hit in 2009 NLDS

Ruiz had several key moments in the 20009 NLDS against Colorado, a team that swept Philadelphia in the 2007 playoffs. His biggest was a go-ahead hit in game three against future teammate Jose Contreras. In a 4-4 game in the top of the sixth, Ruiz drove in Raul Ibanez for the go-ahead run to give the Phils a 2-1 game advantage.

12. Scores on Brett Myers hit in NLCS

Somehow Brett Myers is connected to all of the Phillies playoff moments. Starting in game two of the 2008 NLCS Myers collected two key hits to secure a victory. First came a go-ahead single to drive in Chooch, followed by a two-run single in the third against Chad Billingsley. On the second hit Ruiz advanced to third and later scored on a Shane Victorino triple against future Phillie Chan Ho Park.

11. Scores from first on Moyer bunt

When you hear about a Phillie scoring from first on a bunt, Carlos is probably the last person you think of. Well against the Pirates in 2008, Moyer laid down a bunt to move Ruiz from first to second. Two errors later and Moyer was on third while Ruiz crossed the plate to tie the game at one.

Somehow Harry kept his cool on the call, and the rest is history.

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