Less than a week after the worst start of his career, Jamie Moyer bounced back and notched the 265th win of his career against the New York Yankees. The win was also Charlie Manuel’s 700th career win as a manger, with 480 of them coming in his 6 years with the Phillies.
In the 6-3 Phillies’ win, Moyer went 8 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 2. With that terrible start against the Red Sox sandwiched between two great starts, it’s the same old Moyer. Teams are either going to rock him, or he’ll get a nice big strike zone and make batters look foolish.
In getting the win, Moyer also became the oldest pitcher ever to beat the Yankees, at 47 years and 210 days. Just seeing Moyer go out there every 5th day and take the ball gets more impressive every time.
In tying a record that he’d rather not have, Moyer also is now neck and neck with Robin Roberts for most home runs allowed in a career with 504. Pitching as long and as much as those two pitchers have, it’s inevitable to have a record like that.
The Phillies’ offense also showed some signs of life as they rocked A.J. Burnett. Shane Victorino knocked a bases loaded triple to drive in 3 runs in the 2nd inning. Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth also reminded us of the power that this team has with back to back home runs in the 3rd.
The Fightins are in a rough spot right now, dropping all the way to 3rd in the NL East, but if they can get back to playing games like this on a regular basis, they’ll be fine. It’s only July. They’ve only played 63 games. Still 99 left to go…