Lots of Phillies fans love Carlos Ruiz because he's a good defensive catcher who paid his dues in the minor-league system and also is a tough out at the plate, especially in the playoffs. Plus, he can take a punch. Ruiz showed his sturdy jaw again in the fourth inning as he took a forearm to the face from St. Louis centerfielder Jon Jay on a bang-bang play at the plate. Jay was trying to score from second on a two-out single by Rafael Furcal. Jay barreled into Ruiz just as the catcher received leftfielder Raul Ibanez's one-hop throw. "It was the only option I had," Jay said. "I went for it." Jay's right forearm connected solidly with Ruiz's jaw. But the Phillies' catcher held the ball as he tumbled backward, and home-plate umpire Jerry Meals called Jay out. Ruiz didn't even need a standing eight-count. He held his ground in what is one of the most dangerous plays in baseball, the most infamous of which was Pete Rose's collision with Ray Fosse in the 1970 all-star game. In late May, San Francisco's Buster Posey was lost for a season with a broken left leg when Florida's Scott Cousins plowed into the Giants catcher while scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning. "Chooch [Ruiz] is the best catcher I've ever played with as far as staying in there and blocking the plate," Ibanez said. "So it's not surprising he takes the hit and makes a great play." Ruiz showed his toughness on the play. Another Panamanian, boxer Roberto Duran, was known as "Hands of Stone." Ruiz' jaw might be made of the same stuff. Two innings later, Ruiz, Jay, and Ibanez were involved in another sequence that resulted in another bang-bang, two-out play at the plate. This time, Jay sliced a single to left. Ibanez came up throwing again, firing to cut down Theriot, who was trying to score from second. But Ibanez's throw was high. Ruiz's jaw couldn't help him. He had to jump to make the catch, and Theriot slid under the Phillies catcher to tie the score at 4-4.