Friday, September 4, 2015

Ruiz in rare company

ATLANTA — Carlos Ruiz's seven RBIs in Wednesday's 15-13 loss to the Braves were the most ever for a Phillies catcher. When a team employee informed Ruiz of that early Thursday morning, his eyes widened.

Ruiz in rare company

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Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had seven RBIs Wednesday against the Braves. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had seven RBIs Wednesday against the Braves. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)

ATLANTA — Carlos Ruiz's seven RBIs in Wednesday's 15-13 loss to the Braves were the most ever for a Phillies catcher. When a team employee informed Ruiz of that early Thursday morning, his eyes widened.

"Wow," he said. "But we lost, so it doesn't matter."

It didn't take away from the individual accomplishment. Ruiz joined rare company in Phillies history. Here are the seven-plus RBI games:

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI
1 Jayson Werth 2008-05-16 PHI TOR W 10-3 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 8
2 Mike Schmidt 1976-04-17 PHI CHC W 18-16 6 6 4 5 0 0 4 8
3 Willie Jones 1958-08-20 PHI STL W 12-2 5 5 2 4 1 0 2 8
4 Carlos Ruiz 2012-05-02 PHI ATL L 13-15 6 5 2 3 2 0 1 7
5 Ryan Howard 2006-06-20 PHI NYY L 7-9 5 4 2 3 0 1 2 7
6 Robert Person 2002-06-02 PHI MON W 18-3 4 3 3 2 0 0 2 7
7 Rico Brogna 1999-08-25 PHI SDP W 15-1 5 5 3 4 2 0 2 7
8 Greg Luzinski 1977-06-11 PHI ATL W 13-10 5 4 1 3 2 0 1 7
9 Dick Allen 1968-09-29 PHI NYM W 10-3 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7
10 Don Demeter 1961-09-12 PHI LAD W 19-10 6 5 5 4 0 0 3 7
11 Del Ennis 1955-07-23 PHI STL W 7-2 4 4 3 3 0 0 3 7
12 Del Ennis 1950-07-27 PHI CHC W 13-3 5 5 1 2 1 0 1 7
13 Granny Hamner 1948-07-17 PHI STL W 11-10 5 5 0 3 2 0 0 7
14 Dolph Camilli 1935-04-19 PHI NYG W 18-7 6 5 2 2 0 0 2 7
15 Cy Williams 1927-05-20 (2) PHI CIN W 15-2 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 7
16 Russ Wrightstone 1926-06-11 PHI PIT W 13-11 6 6 3 4 2 1 1 7
17 Cy Williams 1923-05-11 PHI STL W 20-14 6 5 4 3 0 0 3 7
18 Johnny Mokan 1923-05-11 PHI STL W 20-14 6 4 3 3 1 0 2 7
19 Lee King 1922-04-28 PHI BRO W 10-7 5 5 1 4 2 0 1 7

Ruiz was the 51st catcher since 1920, when RBI officially became a statistic, to amass seven or more in a single game. The last time a Phillies player had seven or more RBI in a road game was Greg Luzinski in 1977.

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With a day game after a long night game, Ruiz has the day off Thursday. He ranks third in National League catchers with a .938 OPS, trailing only Buster Posey and Yadier Molina.


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