Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 Bowman #103 Jamie Moyer

I was speculating with a few co-workers today about which Phillies pitcher would be bumped from the starting rotation upon the activation of Pedro Martinez. While the obvious choice is newcomer Rodrigo Lopez, I wondered aloud what would happen if Jamie Moyer struggled over his next few outings. After the first half of the season, Jamie's ERA was teetering on 6.

Fortunately, Jamie pitched a gem tonight. He's always had success against the Marlins and tonight he limited them to 1 hit over 7 innings as the Phils won, 4-0. The offensive stars were Ryan Howard and Raul Ibañez. Raul hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season to give the Phils the early lead. Ryan belted his 200th career home run in the sixth inning. (More on that milestone home run on an upcoming 2009 Chachi Highlight card).

At the end of the television broadcast tonight, this fact was thrown up on the screen: The last combined Phillies 1-hitter was thrown in 1986 by Marvin Freeman and . . . Kent Tekulve. All is right with the world, as the Phils now have a 5-game lead over the Marlins.

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