Jamie Moyer sets a new Major League record as he, at the age of 47, becomes the oldest pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout as he throws a two-hitter at the Braves, as the Phils win by the score of 7-0.
The game starts as a pitchers’ duel for the first two and a half innings, although Braves’ starter Derek Lowe had to work his way out of trouble, while Phils’ starters Jamie Moyer had given out only one hit through three, while facing only nine batters as, in the second inning, with a runner on first, and with no one out, Matt Diaz hits into a 6-3 doubleplay, wiping out Troy Glaus at second base, who had earlier singled. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Jayson Werth hits a three-run home run, his sixth home run of the year, scoring both Chase Utley, who had earlier singled, and then went to second on Ryan Howard’s single, and Howard, who had just singled. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via singles to Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run single, scoring Polanco and Utley, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead, while sending Howard to third, while Ibanez would move up to second on the throw. Two batters later, after Carlos Ruiz is intentionally walked to reload the bases, Wilson Valdez increased the Phils’ lead to 7-0 with a two-run single, knocking in both Howard and Ibanez, while sending Ruiz up to second base. That would be it for the scoring, as Moyer proceeded to shut the Braves down by throwing a two-hit shut out against them, in the process becoming the oldest pitcher to throw a shut out in Major League History.
Jamie Moyer threw a complete game shut out, giving up only two hits, while striking out five. His record is now 4-2 with an ERA of 4.38. Derek Lowe took the lost as he lasts only five innings, giving up seven runs on eleven hits and two walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-3 with a 6.16 ERA. Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel and Jesse Chavez combine for three shut out innings, giving up only one hit (Kimbrel) and one walk (Venters), while striking out three (Venters (1), Kimbrel (2)).
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each had two hits, with Polanco having a single and a double, and Werth with a double and a three-run home run, knocking in three runs. Utley, Howard and Ibanez each had two singles, with Ibanez knocking in two runs. Carlos Ruiz and Wilson Valdez had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles, with Valdez knocking in two runs.
The Phils (18-11, 1st) continues their three-game series with the Braves (12-17, 5th) with an afternoon game tomorrow. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 3:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.40), who is coming off a lost to the Cardinals on May 3, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk, in the Phils’ 6-3 lost. He will be trying to even up his record, while hoping to continue the Phils’ recent spurt of good starts. The Braves will counter with Kris Medlen (1-1, 2.55), who made his last appearance on May 5, as he received the win as he pitches a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. He hoped to be able to keep the Phils’ bats silent. The Phils will be trying to increase their present winning streak to five games.