2010 Game Recaps

Moyer Takes the Lead, Werth Supports in 7-0 Rout of Braves

Sometimes, every once and again, the Phillies play a game of baseball so well that all you can stand to do is smile, laugh and applaud, wherever you may be.

If tonight wasn’t one such game, one would be hard-pressed to find a better example.

Jamie Moyer, still in the prime of his life and career, pitched his first shutout since 2006 – a two-hitter with no walks, at that – and Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer as the Phillies trounced Derek Lowe and the Braves, 7-0.

Playing without three regulars, the Braves’ lineup looked quite feeble against Moyer. First baseman Troy Glaus provided the only hits of the night for Atlanta, which fell to 12-17 with the loss. Starter Derek Lowe allowed seven runs on 11 hits in just five innings, by far his worst start in Citizens Bank Park. It took Lowe 95 pitches to finish those five innings, just seven fewer hurls than it took Moyer to go the distance.

Werth kept his bat alight, hitting a three-run homer in the third and added a double later, his league-leading sixteenth. Five starters had multiple hits, and only Moyer and Shane Victorino failed to reach base on the offensive end. A crowd of 45,349 saw the show, yet another sell-out for the Phils.

All-in-all, it was a pretty good Friday night in South Philadelphia.

Saturday, Joe Blanton will make his second start of the season against Kris Medlen, who will make a spot start for the injured Jair Jurrjens.

67 Comments

67 Comments

  1. miked63

    May 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    GET THE BROOMS OUT ! SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP !!!!!!!!

  2. Manny

    May 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Wow! Great game by Robin Roberts…

  3. Scotch Man

    May 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Where’s Dipsy calling for Moyer’s head tonight?

    Fantastic game from the old man tonight! Games like this inspire and are just truly fun to watch. It was a team at it’s best.

  4. Lt.

    May 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Couple this with a Flyers OT win and you’ve got a great Friday night in Philly sports.

  5. miked63

    May 7, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    i know its only 1 of 3 , but braves are real bad right now and im already predicting the sweep , before the series i thought tnite was the braves best shot to win a game. big joe against spot starter tomorrow, hamels sunday. ———- sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep !

  6. Manny

    May 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I think I’m right in saying that this was Moyer’s best game as a Phillie…
    INSANE.

  7. Number 47

    May 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I don’t think anyone could disagree, Manny.

  8. Bruce

    May 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Where are all the Moyer haters and detractors? LOL..LOL

  9. Georgie

    May 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I admit that early in the season, I said I thought Moyer might be done…I am SO happy to have him prove me wrong. Agree, Lt, coupled with the Flyers’ win, great night for Philly fans!

    Way to go, Jamie!

  10. Choo Choo Coleman

    May 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Moyer’s performance was magical and masterful. When players like Moyer who have been collectively written off by most pundits (such as some of those who frequent PN) can turn in a convincing 2 hit shoutout performance, it underscores why baseball is the grandest of sports.

  11. Scott in D.C.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    No McCann or Heyward, but still—those were professional hitters, and that was a 47-year-old man. Well done, Jamie.

  12. Nunzio Scholeri

    May 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I felt from the beginning of the season that if Moyer got a chance, he would do something like this at some point this year. You watch him and you know that he still has this magic in him. I’ve always loved the guy, and it just makes me so happy to see him shut everyone up for one night and remind us all why he is the ageless wonder.

    So touching, too – the perfect tribute to Robin Roberts, for the oldest guy around to get out there and go the distance like Roberts did so many times. There was a photo in the Inquirer of Jamie sitting in the dugout next to Roberts’ jersey, and that photo now seems nothing short of prophetic.

  13. diz

    May 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I’m so glad Moyer got the complete game. But my favorite part about tonight? NO WALKS!

    F’n ACE!

  14. Philly Texan

    May 7, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Never would have thought the old man had a performance like THAT left in him.

    Tip our caps to Jaime Moyer. What a night!

  15. mike hunt

    May 8, 2010 at 12:13 am

    did ya’ll see the mets/giants game?

    Barajas hit 2 homruns and onne was a wallkofff…how’d teh phuck did wee philly fans let this sob go?

  16. pheeling it

    May 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

    is this the best two-out team in baseball? we only score when there are two outs, and i love it

    mike hunt, who cares about barajas. whoopee.

  17. pheeling it

    May 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

    i STILL think chooch is underrated

  18. Choo Choo Coleman

    May 8, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Barajas may be the steal of the year in the NL. Catcher is the second most important position in the field and this guy can hit with power. I heard from an interview with him that he ended up with the Mets because of lack of interest from the other teams.

    Moyer’s game tonight gave me the same kind of strong emotion that I had when Ashburn was finally inducted into the Hall. I hope he has a few more left in him.

  19. Ed R.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Was at the game, second game at CBP this year for me, home opener was the other, so the good guys are 2-0 with me in the stands this year. I can’t believe I was witness to a Jamie Moyer CG SO. It was magical. Moyer was hitting his spots, his pitches had movement to them and the Phillies D did it’s job and the bats continued to show up to back their pitcher. Truly a fantastic performance by the Phillies.

    Also….please, if there is a God, Jayson Werth is wearing red pinstripes next year.

  20. Mazinman

    May 8, 2010 at 1:02 am

    This is my favorite game of the year so far. Way to show the kids how to do it old man! First he out duels Johan Santana and now this. Is Moyer can use this to get into a good streak we will be in good shape.

    In the four games since Monday the Phils have given up a grand total of 3 runs. Even more amazing, Halladay had the LEAST impressive if the four games.

    I agree, we need Werth resigned now and I think it will happen. I don’t know how, I just think it will.

    Go Jamie!

  21. rob5000

    May 8, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Wow Moyer, truly unexpected. Keep it coming… And we gotta like our chances tomorrow?? Blanton making his second start while Jair Jurrjens hits the DL and we get some AA chump!? Phillies are on a roll right now.

  22. rob5000

    May 8, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Check that Medlen is aite… but still, a spot start.

  23. Morris Buttermaker

    May 8, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I also usually consider a Moyer start to be a lost. But I have to give it up to him. Amazing performance. I love the man. I have so much respect for him. I’d love to buy him a beer someday.

  24. Ryan H.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:41 am

    what an absolute delightful treat of a game tonight. I enjoyed that so much. I really routed for Jamie. he’s a great guy and has been so under appreciated in Philly during the past two years. I know he’s struggled but I always enjoyed watching him because he’s an absolute master at his craft. I respect pitchers like him who are cerebral and outsmart hitter to get them out more than pitchers who just blow guys away. I will savor this one and remember it for a long long time.

  25. Brian Sr. of CO

    May 8, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Was the Ashburn updated? Did Werth get the Ashburn from the game? is so, Are you kidding me? Jamie Moyer becomes the old player in Major League HISTORY to throw a Complete Game shutout, and he still doesnt get the Ashburn? WTF people. I said as a joke earlier this season (maybe it wasnt a joke) that “Jamie Moyer could throw a complete game shut out and still not earn the Ashburn”. Hmm, not only did he throw a complete game shut out, but take a look again, NO walks, and only 2 hits. That means Jamie Moyer was 2 hits away from perfect game. What does Jamie Moyer have to do to earn some respect from some people? I loved the fact that Werth hit the Home Run, but honestly, a complete game shut out, had Werth not hit the Home Run, the Phillies still would have won. I wont underestimate what Werth brings to this team, but today, the Home Run brought in 3 of 7. The double didnt bring in any other runs, nor did he score. How can you write an article about a game such as tonight, which honeslty made it sound like Moyer’s pitching performance regularly happens from most pitchers in the leagues, and Werth hitting a Home Run and a double is rarely seen? I dont get some people, I really don’t.

  26. Mike D.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Relax, Brian, they probably just didn’t change it; Werth was the Ashburn winner last night. How’s the kid doing?

  27. Brian Sr. of CO

    May 8, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Mike D, Thanks buddy, I didnt get a chance to check in yesterday! Im sure thats what happened then, thats why I started with was the Ashburn updated. Disregard the rant if it wasnt updated. 🙂 I just know I am one of the few Moyer fans on here. 🙂 Also, the kid is doing great! Thanks for asking. As for what everyone else was saying, I 100% agree, SIGN WERTH NOW! some people say they think it will happen, but for some reason, I dont think RAJ will do it. Ive liked what RAJ has done overall, but I dont see that one happening. I believe it is do-able if you backload the contract with money towards the end. I know they just signed Howard to a JUNK load of money, but Moyers contract is up at the end of this season, Ibanez after next season, J-Roll is signed through 2012(is that correct) but after thatm how much longer will he last. This is J-Roll’s 11th season, and still among the best Defensive SS’s in the league, but will he last much longer after his current contract? It just seems that with some of the money free’d up from Moyer and Ibanez, could go to keep Werth, but I could be wrong. Not to mention this was Philly’s 56th straight sell-out game. I find it hard to believe that the Phillies are “in the red” as stated several months ago with the success the Phillies have had the last few years, and now recording 56 straight sell outs.

  28. glutenous

    May 8, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Moyer set two age related records this year. Oldest pitcher to draw a walk at the plate on suday against the mets and now this tonight. What a competetor. Still doing what he does at his age is amazing, pitching to some guys who are half his age. Coming back after the injury at the end of last season just goes to show his dedication and commitment to the game. I get pissed when people on here bash moyer. I like him. He is a hell of a guy and still a good pitcher. Good for you jamie.

  29. Tracey

    May 8, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I was at the game last night, and I feel privileged to have been there at a historic moment: the oldest pitcher ever to have a CG SO. Charlie deserves his share of the credit, for taking the chance and letting Moyer pitch the whole game. Admittedly, it wasn’t much of a gamble with a 7-run lead, but it still shows some confidence. A big cheer went up throughout the ballpark when Moyer came to bat at the beginning of the 8th, signaling that he would be going for a CG.

    There’s been a lot of bitching about how old and washed up he is, but I’ve been saying all along: he has 5 or 6 innings in every appearance that are near-perfect. He usually has only one inning where he gets blasted. I’ve said over and over, if he could just have a game without that big inning, he would be tremendous. And here he is, proving me right. Thank you, Jamie!

  30. Heather

    May 8, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I like Moyer too, and always root for him to succeed. I couldn’t believe this game, made me happy to see him break this record. I think he was really helped today by the large strike zone. Any pitcher is going to benefit from that obviously, but I think the outings I’ve really seen him shelled in have been the ones with a tight strike zone. Once he has to throw the ball over the plate, he’s done. When he can paint the corners and get those calls for strikes, he can be pretty good as we see tonight.

  31. dmarley

    May 8, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Moyer’s a civic treasure and should get more respect on the blogs. He pitched brilliantly tonight, he’s pitched well overall this season (and ever since he came here in 2006), the team & fans (minus the blogs) love him, he’s a WFC, he’s an MLB history-maker, he’s a community-minded guy, he sets a great example for the youngins, etcetera etcetera…..

    Anyway, a night like tonight is deeply satisfying for stalwart Moyer supporters. Like Tracey said, he’s been near-perfect in most of the innings he’s thrown this year, and it’s just so great to see him put it all together and embarrass this ramshackle Braves offense.

    Hope to see Jamie have the Ashburn by the time I get up for the game. I have to assume, as Mike D. suggested, that it just hasn’t been changed yet.

  32. Lefty

    May 8, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Being the leading contender to win the First Triple Crown in nearly forever is so easy, even a “caveman” can do it. Way to go Jason! Keep it up, you’ve proven to me that you’re “werth” every cent you can get. I just hope RAJ is the one to give it to you.

    Jamie you are a stud and a true pro. You’re an inspiration to all us old guys out here.

  33. mikemike

    May 8, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Nothing personal just think moyer is done. he pitched well last night, but overall dont like him in roatation, nice to see a older guy do what he did, but in the long run he is terrible.

  34. Brian Sr. of CO

    May 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

    mikemike…”terrible”? really? A bit harsh huh? Come on man. Again, like I said above, some people it doesnt matter what he does, you just cant be pleased. kind of pathetic dude.

  35. Bob Myers

    May 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

    I was at the game with a bible study group from our church. Amazing performance by Moyer. Three pitches got him out of the 2nd inning! Victorino made an amazing catch that saved a double. Werth’s blast homer was one of those thriller moments, and the ball seemed to take its time soaring out.

    But being part of the standing O for Moyer was the best part of the evening. Classy, classy, guy. The crowd was chanting “Jamie, Jamie, Jamie” in the 8th inning when he came to bat.

    I can’t think of a single Phils player I dislike, and I can list several that I want to be friends with! We’re enjoying this dynasty era!

  36. The Dipsy

    May 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

    What does being part of a bible study group have anything to do with your post? Its kinda like me saying that I was at the game and I wore my brown shoes. Just say you were there. I think thats enough.

    Great game by Jamie. I hope it doesn’t lull the fan base into thinking that he’s actually an ok pitcher because he’s not. He’s got my props for last night but lets not start a love fest and make him more than he is, an average fifth starter with tendencies to go of the res sometimes and just blow a game up. That said. I hope he can repeat 08. Better yet ’98. Even better ’88.

    The Dipsy

  37. Brooks

    May 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    What’s the old saying Dipsy? Even a blind squirrel will get the nuts sometimes.

    Love what Jamie did last night but we definitely cannot expect that type of performance out of our senior citizen. But, we have seen it enough times, one spectacular outing will get you at least 4 or 5 more appearances from Cholly..

    JB up tonight, I hope he pitches at least as well as he did his first time out.

  38. ray

    May 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Why do you sign your name The Dipsy at the end when you already started with The Dipsy at the beginning? I think once is enough.
    See how stupid things get when people post unnecessary negative stuff? I’m not a religious person at all but the fact that he posted who he went with didn’t upset me in the least. I’ve never heard anyone compare people to shoes by the way.

  39. Tartabull Jones

    May 8, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Moyer will have an excellent year. He will show us all that he deserves another two-year contract worth about $5mil a year. He knows how to make a buck and pitch. Don’t be surprised if he is here at age 50. Rumor has it that RAJ has the contract paperwork ready to be signed and plans a meeting on Monday for that extension. He needs only 38 victories to reach the magic number of 300 wins and a spot in the Hall of Fame.

  40. Moist Flatulence

    May 8, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Jamie Moyer will pitch until he’s age 50. He will indeed get 300 wins and he will enter the Hall of Fame as a Phillie. The man is just getting started on a terrific year.

  41. Brooks

    May 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Wow – a message from Danny “one game” Tartabull and a wet fart – OK

    Quick answer fellas – “Not gonna to happen!” Not here in Philly and nowhere else will he be signed.

    Now, wipe the smile off your faces and wetfart, wipe your buttinski (another cutsie name could be – sharted)

  42. Chuck

    May 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

    There needs to be a PhilliesNation committee formed that will personally knock on RAJ’s door and MANDATE that he re-sign Jayson Werth NOW!!

  43. Mike D.

    May 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Okay, why haven’t we gotten Moyer the Ashburn?????

  44. Georgie

    May 8, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hey Dips, while I don’t really care if Bob attended the game with his bible study group, I don’t really care that he mentioned it, either…..maybe it was important to HIM to say it. Tolerance, Dips, tolerance. And speaking of tolerance, as a female, I’ve had to “tolerate” some of your more chauvinistic (I know, you were just kidding) tales of your conquests, which also don’t have much to do with baseball, sooooo….

  45. JB

    May 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

    If Juan Castro can field a ground ball, Jamie would have given up two runs in his last two games.

    Not bad, Gramps.

  46. Heather

    May 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I don’t understand all the Moyer hate. If our 5th starter has a 5.00 ERA, is that so much more terrible than the rest of the league? Every team can’t have the Rays’ rotation.

    Ok, so the dude is not the second coming. We get that. But as a 5th starter, I try to enjoy what he does well, and try not to get my expectations up to high. As long as he keeps plugging away in that 5 ERA range (preferably a bit below the 5 than above it) that’s ok.

  47. Loretta Tarr

    May 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Jamie Moyer will hit the free agent market after the season. I believe he had an arm implant this winter and that new arm is just getting in shape. He has many body parts that have been replaced by a secret surgeon. Ruben Jr. should sign him up not to a new two year extension, as this “Soft Thrower” is going to get harder and harder to both hit and sign. DO IT NOW !!!

  48. beta sigma delta shag

    May 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

    with out even reading the post, I have to say that even though Jayson has been on fire, but come on complete game shut out at 47 how does that not get you the Ashurn award Jamie Moyer deserves the Ashburn today

  49. Doyle Hamner

    May 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Is it possible that something metaphysical happened last night with Jamie Moyer. Is it possible that the great Robin Roberts somehow entered Mr. Moyer’s body and helped him throw that complete game shutout. Or was Jamie mesmerized by the aura of the great Robin Roberts and donated this season to immortalize him. These things do happen and after Jamie begins one of his longest win streaks, he will share this info with us through Darren Daulton.

  50. The Dipsy

    May 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    “Do not cast pearls before swine”.

    Being raised Catholic, we were taught to keep religion to ourselves. And we did. The only time we spoke about it was in confession, and then only sparingly. Yes, my tolerance level for sticking religion into an otherwise un-religious subject bugs me. For instance, how many times have we seen this:

    Sportcaster: Well Tank, that was a heckuva shot you made with two seconds left to win the game. Your thoughts?
    Tank: Well, first off, all glory be to God for without his blessings and love I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to play this game…….

    The answer is A) Non responsive; B) Off topic; C) Offensive to some in its subject matter (it just bugs me).

    Do ya feel me?

    The Dipsy

  51. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    You know that people care about this blog when the Ashburn Award stirs so much controversy. I say give it to Moyer, please. That way the Peanut Gallery can relax a little.

  52. Georgie

    May 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    C’mon, PN, get Jamie up there for the Ashburn….well-deserved.

  53. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Dipsy —- are you just a little self-indulgent?

  54. Georgie

    May 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Dips, believe me, I feel ya….we have Jehovah’s who come door to door peddling their tracts. Religion has its place, and I don’t like being preached to unless I’m in church. However, there are tons of comments on here that are not completely related to baseball (we’ve ALL done it), so I questioned your comment to Bob. But I see that you were raised Catholic, so that explains alot 😉

  55. The Dipsy

    May 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks Geo.

    XXX OOO XXX

    The Dipsy

  56. Chuck

    May 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I feel ya, Dipsy. Wearing religion on one’s sleeve bugs the sh!t out of me as well.

    Georgie, I feel you as well concerning sexist remarks on here. But what else do you expect from a bunch of guys on a sports blog? Not condoning it…..just sayin’

  57. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I agree ….. sexist remarks are common on all sports blogs. If a gal gets upset with these remarks, she should just ignore them. Baseball sometimes brings the animal out in men. As far as religion is concerned, it just does not bother me in the least.

  58. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    We should respect others’ feeling, however. Some people are very sensitive about religion. Not us Irish bitches, though.

  59. The Dipsy

    May 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Well, your name is Polly. Are you a parrot? Toucan? Placido Polanco?

    The Dipsy

  60. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    My real name is Mary — Polly is my nickname. My mother’s name was Mary, as well, and her nickname was Molly.

  61. JB

    May 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Would anyone care if he’d said he went to the game with his poker buddies? Or his fraternity? Neither would be any more relevant, but would anyone care? Fine, its not your personal preference, its not what you were brought up with. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with what was said by the OP either.

    I’m hardly religious, but this is making mountains out of molehills.

  62. Polly MacWilliams

    May 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    JB — you are 100% correct. Let’s keep it real.

  63. RichieAllen

    May 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Jamie Moyer is the KING.
    Now if we could only scratch around for some dollars to sign the “other king”namely Jason Werth.
    Lets pass the hat around boys.

  64. The Dipsy

    May 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I think all the people crying for Jamie to be resigned is actually the same person using different names. Actually, it might even be Jaime himself.

    The Dipsy

  65. Choo Choo Coleman

    May 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    @Dipsy: If a sincere poster wants to make an ornamental reference to a group or some subject that is important to him, he sould not be subjected to censorship because of your twisted unnatural Catholic upbringing.

    I generally enjoy your posts, but after your outburst on this thread, I will read them with disparaging eyes. Too bad about the Catholicism. Maybe you should do yourself a favor, and shoot yourself in the head.

  66. Jamie Moyer

    May 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I hope Jamie Moyer gets re-signed soon.What an arm.

  67. Brian Sr. of CO

    May 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

    First off, a comment like “all glory be to God for without his blessings and love I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to play this game……” is annoying, I get tired of hearing stuff like that, but JB is correct, if you are flipping out saying people are preaching religion after someone saying “I was at the game with a bible study group from our church” is just plain stupid and ignorrant as to what really consistutes as religious. He was simply saying he went to a BASEBALL GAME with a “bible study group”. Get over yourself seriously. Had he said something along the lines of “God was on our side” or I prayed to god before the game asking for this…” Ok, then you have a reason to say something, but this is coming from the same poster who is so self absorbed they have to “sign” the post as if they are a professional? Same person that cant see that 5th starter, who so happens to be a 47 years really has pitched rather well over all. So self absorbed with his own opinion, that no one elses matters. And thats said, because I HATE “bible beaters” and people who preach religion, but speak the facts dude, saying they went to a ball game with a religious group is NOT preaching religion, or even Jehovah’s Witness knocking on my door to talk about it, (Georgie was right, that is “preaching”…LOL).

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