Monday, April 23, 2012

2008 Upper Deck World Series Champions #PP-11 Jamie Moyer

I'm returning from a quick family vacation to Walt Disney World, which I can once again confirm is the Happiest Place on Earth.  While we were in Disney, apparently the Phillies' bats were also on vacation.  In the series of posts to follow, I'll do a rapid-fire rewind of the week that wasn't for the Phillies.  Things have got to get better, right?

One Day Catch-Up, Part 1 of 6

Giants 4, Phillies 2
Game 11 - Late Tuesday Night, April 17th in San Francisco
Record - 5-6, 4th Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies managed just two runs in another frustrating loss to the Giants.

What It Means:  At the time, it didn't mean much to me personally.  I was trying to catch a few hours of sleep before our trip to Disney, and I wasn't focused on Placido Polanco's .179 average or John Mayberry, Jr.'s slightly better .219 average.

What Went Wrong:  The Phillies went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.  Starter Joe Blanton gave up 11 hits and four runs in his five innings of work on the way to his second loss of the season.

Featured Card:  While the Phils were stinking it up in San Francisco, Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer pitched seven solid innings against the Padres, earning the victory and becoming the oldest player in Major League history to win a game at 49 years young.  One of the coolest statistics I've seen pertaining to Moyer's impressive feat was that he's pitched to 1,419 different players, which is roughly 8% of all players to have appeared in the Majors since 1876.

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