The age-defying miracle that is Jamie Moyer never ceases to amaze. Tonight, with a 7-0 win over the Braves, Moyer became the oldest pitcher in history to throw a complete game shut-out. Not only that, but he did not walk a single batter and gave up only 2 hits. That is a miniscule 2 hits away from a perfect game. Unbelievable.
This is truly history being made right before our eyes; it is something we may never see again. A 47-year old man defies the laws of time. The last time Moyer threw a 2-hit shut-out was in 1986, 24 years ago. In his final at-bat in the 8th inning, the crowd went wild as Moyer kept fouling pitches off and worked an 11-pitch at-bat. As if the pitching were not impressive enough, Moyer shows everyone he is a class act and a true professional.
As for the offense, Jayson Werth continues to maul opposing pitchers, launching a 3-run shot into the left field seats in the 3rd inning. Raul Ibanez appears to have slipped the slump and went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Wilson Valdez collected the last 2 RBI to make up for hitting into a double play earlier in the game with 2 men on base. 7 out of 8 starting position players had a hit and Chase Utley was on base all 4 times he batted with 2 hits and 2 walks.
The Phillies will take this 4-game win streak into tomorrow afternoon’s game. Joe Blanton will make his 2nd start of the year; game time is 3:10pm. But before you check out the game, stop by the 30th Street Station for National Train Day where you can get autographs from former Phillies, Dallas Green and Gary Matthews.
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