What does Phillies catcher and fan favorite Carlos Ruiz have in common with hall-of-famers Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella and Ray Schalk?
After catching a combined no hitter Monday afternoon thrown by four Phillies’ hurlers, Ruiz joins the three as one of 14 men in baseball history to catch three no-no’s (Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek is the only one with four).
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The first two, of course, came in 2010 in the form of a perfect game and playoff no hitter from future Cooperstown honoree Roy Halladay.
The third for Chooch wasn’t quite as picturesque.
Ruiz helped Cole Hamels work his way around five walks, a hit batter and 108 pitches in six frames. But the excessive heat and the workload over the course of six innings forced Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg to make a tough choice, and he pulled Hamels and turned things over to the bullpen.
“We have one of the best bullpens in the league lately,” Hamels told ESPN after the game, “and I have all the confidence in the world in them.”
When Diekman entered the game in the seventh, he didn’t really know what he was getting himself into.
“I had no idea until I looked at the scoreboard running in,” Diekman said, “and I was like, alright, I guess we have that going on.”
Diekman struck out two and Giles, in the eighth, struck out the side to set up Papelbon, who volunteered to enter the game in a rare non-save situation.
“It was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Papelbon told ESPN after the game. “I was so happy, so ecstatic I couldn’t control myself.”
The Phillies made several roster moves Monday.They traded John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays for a minor-league third baseman. they also made several September call ups including Maikel Franco, Cameron Rupp, Tony Gwynn Jr., Cesar Hernandez, and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Reliever Mike Adams was also activated, with Cliff Lee being transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room.