Moyer Goes The Distance

Photo by: Tom Mihalek/AP

Not many pitchers can throw a complete game like Jamie Moyer did tonight against the San Diego Padres.  Especially not at the ripe age of 47.  Jamie Moyer continues to prove the critics wrong.  When Moyer is on his game, he is a fun pitcher to watch.  Moyer got off to a rough start tonight, but was able to persevere.  Moyer pitched a complete game giving up two runs on seven hits with only one walk.

The Padres didn’t waste any time getting to the lefty.  In the 2nd inning, Yorvit Torrealba hit an RBI double to score Chase Headley.  Later in the inning, Oscar Salazar grounded into a double play but Torrealba was able to score to give the Padres a 2-0 lead. 

In the 3rd inning, the Phillies decided to flex their muscles.  The offense hasn’t scored more than three runs in an inning in quite some time.  They finally came out of their funk.  Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco led off the inning with back-to-back singles.  Chase Utley then singled home Victorino to make it 2-1.  Ryan Howard followed it up with a 2 run double off Jon Garland.  Raul Ibanez hit a sacrifice fly to knock in Ryan Howard to give the Phillies a 4-2. lead.

In the 5th inning, Jayson Werth decided to get in on the action.  Werth hit a 2 run home run off Garland to give the Phillies a 6-2 lead and they did not look back. 

Moyer completely dominated from the 2nd inning on.  He became only the 3rd pitcher in history to win 100 games after the age of 40.  Phil Niekro and Jack Quinn are the two others that are members of this special club.  It’s truly impressive that a player as old as Jamie Moyer can still effectively get hitters out at the major league level.  He doesn’t get behind hitters and he simply gets outs.  With this win, Moyer improved his record to 5-3 on the season.  In his last six starts, Moyer boasts a 2.34 ERA.  He has been truly remarkable recently and this pitching staff needs this journeyman to perform at a high level.

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