After just two starts with the Phillies this season, Jerome Williams has a new lease on life. More interestingly, he has had an epiphany of sorts and it comes just in time.

Yes, nine years into his big-league career while pitching for his seventh different team, including his third team this season, Williams took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Mariners even though he entered the tilt with a 2-5 record and a 6.51 ERA.

So, how was Williams able to spin a gem in the Phillies’ 4-1 win over Seattle on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park?

“Chooch,” Williams said. “That was basically it. Just working with [catcher Carlos Ruiz] I’m doing things I never did before this year. He has confidence in me to do it and I have confidence to go out there and do it.”

Ruiz, of course, has a reputation as the catcher that pitchers love to throw to. Roy Halladay couldn’t heap enough praise on his favorite catcher and others swear by Ruiz’s ability to instill confidence and call a game.

Williams either didn’t have a catcher he could trust or wasn’t ready to change his ways. As a result, Williams has spent the last few seasons as a baseball nomad, pitching in the big leagues for Texas and Houston this season, the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 and 2013, and the independent league Lancaster Barnstormers in 2011.