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 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) and catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 4-0 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) and catcher Carlos Ruiz (51) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Phillies defeated the Braves 4-0 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Combined No-No

The Phillies earned their first no-hitter in four years on Labor Day 2014 when four pitchers combined to no-hit the Braves in a 7-0. It is by no means the most glamorous way to get a no-hitter, but when your team struggles for most of the season, you will definitely take it. It was the first time the Phils had a combined no-hitter.

Orchestrating the entire thing behind the plate was the veteran signal-caller Ruiz. He had been there before, being behind the plate for both of Roy Halladay’s no-hitters back in 2010.

Ruiz guided Cole Hamels through control issues early in the game as Hamels finished his six innings with five walks and a hit-by-pitch. Hamels allowed two runners to reach base in the first before getting three straight outs to quiet the early rally. They escaped another jam in the third with runners on second and third thanks to a diving catch by Marlon Byrd.

The last three innings of the game were much smoother as Jake Diekman and Ken Giles struck out a combined five batters in the seventh and the eighth before Jonathan Papelbon finished off the no-hitter in the ninth with a clean inning of his own.

Ruiz caught several no-hitters in his career, and while the combined one was not the prettiest, it still counts in the record books.