Let’s face it: 47 is old. But for one night, Jamie Moyer felt young again. Moyer became the oldest pitcher in Major League history to record a complete game shut out when he blanked the Atlanta Braves through nine, 7-0. He broke Braves great Phil Niekro’s record of over 46-years old in 1985.
He was backed by an offensive show from Jayson Werth, who hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez each drove in two runs as well.
There was something about Moyer’s stuff that night. He threw 105 pitches, allowing only two hits in the win while striking out five and walking none with Troy Glaus getting both hits. His blistering low-80’s fastball had some movement on it and he was crippling hitters with his change-up.
The ninth inning was quick. The place erupted behind Moyer when he jogged back out to the mound. I remembered seeing Twitter buzzing with excitement as well during the ninth.
Nate McLouth was the first to face Moyer, weakly popping up to third baseman Placido Polanco for the first out. Next to the plate was Eric Hinske. He hit a grounder to Ryan Howard, who took it himself for the second out. Omar Infante then grounded out to Valdez for the third and final out to seal Moyer’s place in history.
It was the best start of the season for Moyer, who actually had two complete games during the 2010 season before an elbow injury ended it. Heading into the game, Moyer’s career ERA against Atlanta was above 5.00.
Moyer is now a free agent and just had Tommy John surgery. He wants to try and play baseball in 2012 when he’s healthy but will have a hard time finding a buyer. Whether he returns in a couple years or not, Moyer will go down as one of the best pitchers in the last 25 years and may one day land himself a spot in Cooperstown.
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