For the second time in the last four games Michael Young was the man at the plate for a walk-off win. For Wednesday night’s 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park Young actually recorded an RBI with his walk-off piece (see Instant Replay).

But where would Young (or the Phillies) be without some table setters? In the game-winning ninth inning of Wednesday’s victory it was a pair of catchers doing the heavy lifting.

Erik Kratz and Carlos Ruiz both smacked doubles in the ninth to lead the Phillies’ comeback. Kratz the starting catcher for the game led off the inning with the team trailing by a run with a hard double down the left-field line. A groundout by John Mayberry Jr. pushed pinch-runner Casper Wells to third before Ruiz dug in as a pinch hitter.

Three pitches later Ruiz hit a low liner just inside the third-base line and hustled in to second with the game-tying RBI. An intentional walk to Jimmy Rollins brought up Young who ended it on the first pitch he saw from Rockies’ closer Rafael Betancourt.

Manager Ryne Sandberg couldn’t have designed a better ending to the game if he tried.

“The ninth inning was big. Kratz with the leadoff double. [Mayberry] got him over and Ruiz with the pinch-hit double” Sandberg said. “Ruiz has had a good homestand. He’s swinging with more authority and showing more pop in his bat. [That was] a big hit right there.”

Along with three wins in Sandberg’s first six games as manager of the Phillies perhaps the biggest development as of late has been Ruiz’s reemergence as an offensive threat. Seemingly reeling in a lost season marred by the 25-game suspension for improperly using the prescription drug Adderall followed by a long stint on the disabled list with a hamstring injury Ruiz picked the worst time to struggle.

With a winter of free agency looming and his 35th birthday drawing closer the likelihood of a return to the Phillies in 2014 seemed remote. Ruiz won’t try to insult anyone’s intelligence by saying his pending free agency wasn’t on his mind.

“If I said no I’d be lying to you” Ruiz said. “It’s something I was thinking maybe not every day but once in a while. But who knows it’s not in my hands. All that’s in my hands is to play hard and see what happens.”