The Phillies snapped their four-game losing streak, taking a 1-0 pitchers’ duel against the Padres Friday night.
Jamie Moyer was the successful elder, giving up just three hits and two walks in seven innings. Of course, the Padres are a horrible hitting ballclub, but you get a great start, you get results. Moyer was sparkling, lowering his ERA 3.64. Hey, if Moyer can do this kind of stuff for a couple more years, I’d welcome a 50-year-old Moyer slinging changeups at the Vault in 2013.
The bullpen held it to win it. Ryan Madson and JC Romero combined to get the Pads in the eighth, giving Chad Durbin a needed day off. Brad Lidge nailed down his 29th save in as many chances.
And I have to mention the great Phillies defense in this one, especially Chase Utley, making a nice play to throw out Greg Maddux, and Jimmy Rollins, who made two spectacular, gold glove plays.
The Phils lone run came from Pat Burrell’s 28th home run of the season, thankfully in the seventh, so Moyer could notch his 11th win. But the Phils only got five other hits and walked just once, while striking out nine times. I can’t stress enough that if this were any other team the Phils were facing, they would’ve lost. This offense is horrendous.
But for one night, celebrate yet another awesome start by Moyer, who keeps defying everything.
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