Pirates Plunder on Moyer Blunder

Jamie Moyer sealed his own fate despite not getting an ounce of run support. The crafty veteran threw away the ball on a would-be-safe play to plate two runners as the Phillies offense died in their 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh. It’s the second time the Pirates beat the Phillies with only scoring two runs.

Moyer pitched six great innings, allowing only two runs, one earned on five hits, two walks, and eight strike outs. In the fourth inning, Andy LaRoche hit a soft grounder with two outs that Moyer fielded, turned, and attempted to throw out LaRoche. The ball sailed over Ryan Howard’s head and scored two runners. LaRoche was credited with an infield single because he would’ve beaten out the throw anyway.

Ross Ohlendorf earned his first win of the season with his outing. He pitched seven shut out innings, allowing only five hits and a walk while sitting down eight batters via strikes. Octavio Dotel pitched the ninth for his 18th save on the season.

Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh and Wilson Valdez of Philly were the only two batters to manage two hits in a game where both teams combined for 10 hits.

The Phillies have lost four of their last five and are struggling heading into the all star break.

2B: Ibanez (16)

WP: Ohlendorf (1-6). LP: Moyer (9-7). S: Dotel (18).



Brian Schneider suffered the same injury as Chase Utley. But fortunately for him, it was only a left thunb sprain and will not land the catcher on the DL. He will probably miss the next couple of days and will be available if needed. This is obviously a huge relief to the Phillies who have lost Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Placido Polanco in the last week to DL stints.


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