4. Cole Hamels’ Final Start
With the Phillies crashing and burning their way towards last place in 2015, rumors about trading Cole Hamels spread like wildfire. The lefty was having a solid season overall, but was coming off two straight starts where he left by the fourth inning and gave up an absurd amount of runs.
Hamels’ fortunes completely reversed when the Phils headed to Chicago to face the Cubs. He compiled 13 strikeouts and walked just two batters on his way to his second no-hitter – the first being the combined one the year prior – in his last start as a Phillie. That no-hitter is probably a large reason why the Phillies got so much in return for Hamels.
As with Philly’s three previous no-hitters, Ruiz was there to meet Hamels at the mound. The two had worked together since 2006, and Hamels raved about Ruiz after the game.
"“We get into habits where we don’t even need to call signs,” Hamels said. “I think that’s something special. I think anybody who’s been able to have a combination like that kind of has that understanding. “When you’re able to get that, it’s special. That’s tough to develop. He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching that many no-hitters or perfect games.”"
Ruiz helped Hamels focus on his better pitches during the game, and his assistance was a huge part in why Hamels was able to get his own no-hitter.