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Moyer Propels Phils to Series Win in Atlanta

Posted by Paul Boye, Thu, April 22, 2010 11:08 PM | Comments: 47
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

After a tough loss Tuesday extended their losing streak to three games, the Phillies seemed to be on a bit of thin ice. The bats had gone cold, the bullpen was looking dubious, and an early-season division lead seemed to be vaporizing before their very eyes.

Leave it to the veterans, Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer, to turn the tides back in Philly’s favor. Jamie picked up where Roy left off Thursday, permitting seven baserunners in six innings, allowing only two to cross as unearned runs as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 8-3. Moyer, who has looked steady and solid since the first inning of his last start against the Marlins, struck out four and suffered his only blemishes in the fifth inning as a result of some defensive miscues. The bullpen finished the night with three innings of one-run ball to seal the game and the series.

The Phils passed a tough test, overcoming the vaunted pitching staff of the Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. Utley briefly brought unpleasant flashbacks of the 2009 NLCS with a pair of errors in the fifth, but the second base stalwart collected four hits in 11 at-bats this series, and faced a series-leading 73 pitches in his 14 plate appearances. Oh, and he made a pretty nifty play in the second game, lest we forget.

Philly starters have been excellent in the time following Moyer’s frustrating first inning against the Fish. In the starters’ last 36 innings – right after that poor opening inning from Moyer’s last start – they have permitted just two earned runs (four total) with 28 strikeouts against just 22 hits and five walks. Starting pitching has certainly provided a big lift.

In injury news, the Phillies placed J.A. Happ on the Disabled List with left forearm tightness, though with the way the schedule and rotation are set up, Happ may only miss one start. Nelson Figueroa is slated to take his place on the next turn through the rotation. Placido Polanco, who was hit by a pitch Wednesday, is expected to return to the lineup Friday after sitting out the series finale against Atlanta.

Friday kicks off a western road trip, beginning in Arizona, with Cole Hamels set to toe the rubber against former Lehigh Valley IronPig Kris Benson. Game time is 9:40 p.m. eastern.

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  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    Funny, haven’t heard Dipsy call for Moyer’s head yet! Great game tonight from the old man! That last showdown with Heyward was beyond classic!

     
  • Posts: 0 riccaboni

    If Jamie gives us this consistently, our 4th division title in a row is well within our grasp.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    LIDGE NEWS! via Rotowire:

    Lidge (elbow) threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, walking one batter. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, he was hitting 93 mph with his fastball.

    Spin:
    The fastball seems about ready to go. The rehab assignments have gone smoothly, and Lidge is still on pace to return by the end of the month.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bobby D

    Could have been a sweep but coming back after that let down on Tuesday shows a ton of character. The defense stepped up yesterday and the bats came back tonight. You’ve got to love the phight in this team.

    Looking ahead, I’ll enjoy the later start times for weekend games, they fit better with beer time and being lazy on Sunday. Hamels > Benson….if they hit it’ll be a walk in the park.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    Heres hoping for another strong game by Cole tomorrow night, and hopefully a strong offensive showing to back him up as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Bobby D – Benson is meat for the hungry – its feeding time.
    I’m seeing a high run production tonight, in favor of the Phils.

     
  • Posts: 0 Nunzio Scholeri

    This is Phillies Nation, so I only give it a day before the Jamie Moyer trash talk returns, but at least he’s shut people up for one night.

    Jamie Moyer: the most badass “old goat” around.

     
  • Posts: 0 philsgirl

    Moyer gave ‘em one for the old guys (and gals). What about him showing Jason Heyward how it’s done?!
    If any of you see a maniacal (hopefully with happiness) ol’ gal 2 rows behind Phils dugout tomorrow, that’d be me. Let’s sweep the D’backs!

     
  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    Kris Benson? Is Arizona that desperate?

    Great win tonight. I’ve always been one of the Moyer supporters, so it’s good to see the old guy get it done again.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Very nice series win. Even though it didn’t work out, I like Vic bunting, hope he does it more. Dobbs looked good in the field and at the plate – not in any way suggesting he replaces PP on a regular basis, but would like to see him in there in some frequency to rest PP and get some at bats. Starting pitching is looking very solid – a dominating series from them that should have resulted in 3 wins. On a whole, very happy to come out with 2. Should be able to pound Benson tonight, game finished fairly early last night, hopefully minimizes jet lag.
    Romero coming back should give more options in the pen, good news with Lidge. Since his first outing (which had a jet lag effect), Fig has looked good, hopefully he can stretch it to 5 or 6 good innings.
    Caught Blister in the Sun on the organ in Atl (think it was during Heywards 2nd at bat) – one of those little surprises.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Just SEEING J.C. Romero in the pen last night was a welcome sight.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    DOBBSIE with the Ashburn Rock ON!

    If we get out of April in first with a great record, and we have Lidge, Romero, possibly Blanton and Rollins not far behind, I am liking our chances. I think Happ will be fine just needs to get himself healthy, this is a lineup that can cover for some spot starts and injuries…… but PLEASE NO MORE!!

    Go Phils!

     
  • Posts: 0 Scotch Man

    Phillies get Kris Benson, Rodrigo Lopez, and Ian Kennedy? I saw all these guys in Triple A the past few years! The D-Backs must be a real mess!

     
  • Posts: 0 Shag beta sigma delta

    Traveling last night so missed most the game, like seeing Dobbs hitting. Defense in the one inning I saw was very sloppy but I guess I can let it go after the great D the other night. I do wonder where all the Castro and Moyer bashers have been. I remember months back how terrible Castro was as the 25th man on the bench. I think he is still hitting .300 and has been flawless in field

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I have to say, I really like our chances tonight.

    Even if Cole isn’t quite as sharp as his last start, the guy he’s up against is basically a Quad-A, and the Phillies SHOULD be able to score enough to win it.

    As long as Hamels can give us 6+ solid innings, and the offense gets on the board enough, we should have a very good chance of winning.

    But with this Bullpen and a reasonable chance of Madson closing, they will need at least like a 4 run lead in the final innings.

     
  • Posts: 0 CZ

    The only downside I see to this upcoming series is the fact that the Extra Innings package will likely leave me with no choice but to watch the Diamondback’s broadcast feed…which means…Mark Grace. In my opinion he is the most annoying broadcaster in the league with Rob Dibble a close second.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Benson, Lopez and Kennedy… mmmm.

    I am utterly impressed with Juan Castro. You always notice when Jimmy’s not there but with Castro, you don’t notice it as much… he hasn’t cost us any runs and he’s actually finding ways to get on base and contribute offensively. He would have been my pick for the Ashburn… 3-5 with 2 runs and an RBI to go along with a few really nice defensive plays. I’m ok with Dobbs but it’s a shame that Castro wasn’t mentioned in this post.

    A quote from Chipper Jones after last night’s game…

    “A lot has to do with their defense. Castro is playing shortstop like Ozzie Smith and Victorino is playing center field like Andruw Jones.” In case you were wondering, Chipper clearly meant Andruw Jones before he got fat and lazy… but this quote tells me that even though it’s early, he’s not so sure that the Braves are good enough to compete with the Phillies. We have known it for a while… this team is built to win games in different ways. While the Braves might match up in some areas, they don’t match up as a team.

     
  • Posts: 0 Gaze_NJ

    I don’t want to give Utley any grief, but if he could cut back on the airballs to first he’d be able to retire with a whole closet full of gold gloves. At this point, his occasional throwing error is really his only slightly weak point. I’m really enjoying how he’s swinging a bat this year.

    Here we are almost at the end of April and aside from a few injuries, the team is firing on all cylinders and leaving fans very few things to gripe about.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    It’s amazing. The period of time of about two minutes (Tuesday’s ninth inning drama) changed this series from a sweep to what it is. Phils played a great series…..save for the Madson meldown on Tuesday and Utley’s mishaps last night. All in all, I’ll take it.

    I think we all were a little nervous going into this series. So taking 2 of 3 and having the dominating starting pitching that we got is an early season triumph that speaks volumes.

    Should be able to AT LEAST take 2 of 3 from the D-Backs….but would love a sweep, of course. Seems like the bats are awakening, so even if the starters aren’t as sharp, we should be fine.

    The Phils should look at this D-Back series as a time to sharpen their skills further in preparation for what could be a very tough Giants series next.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Speaking of that inning last night where Utley effed up….anybody else notice how Moyer took command out there to settle everybody down??….making a few small had gestures and getting everybody to refocus. THAT’S true leadership that is so valuable.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    For all you fantasy buffs out there…

    A trade was proposed to me: Carlos Quentin and Tim Hudson for Aramis Ramirez… Quentin and Ramirez are both struggling mightily. I would have to find a free-agent infielder to replace Ramirez…

    Thoughts?

     
  • Posts: 0 Adam

    While it should have been a sweep, you got to love the starting pitching performances in this series. A total of 0 earned runs from the starters. That just shows me this team can beat you in so many different ways.

    Pretty pumped that Gload and Dobbs got hits

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I still think the Braves are the biggest threat to the Phillies in the NL EAST.. . .

    Hanson looked good..
    Hudson will get better as the year goes on.

    Jurrjens should rebound closer to last year’s form..

    and their lineup needs to get settled.. I still see them as the 2nd best team in the NL East . . . . I didn’t think the giants would be as good as they started, but the NL as a whole is a lot better this year

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    The White Sox have really started slow . . . both offensively .. and with Gavin Floyd and his 9.00 ERA

    But I think their lineup is pretty good.. Quentin generally hitting #3 for them, should be able to get around 100 RBIs… I have him on my team and im hoping for big things.

    Hudson is alright.. nothing special fantasy wise. a soild 4th pitcher in a 12-team league


    I guess it depends on who else is available for you to grab as a free agent Infielder

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Holy Crap . . . just looked into it ..Ramirez has K’s in about 1/3rd of his at-bats … I would trade him asap.. 22 Ks already and his usually doesn’t K all that often

    somethings up.. if you can get a legit RBI guy, and a decent pitcher for him..

    Id accept that ASAP

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Yeah, just because the Phillies took 2 of 3 from the Braves this time, doesn’t mean that they will the next. The Braves are still gelling as a team and their starting pitching is good. I had a feeling though that we would smack Lowe around a little.

    Hanson did look good, but it was nice to see the Phillies make himwork and throw a lot of pitches. Anytime you can do that to a teams’s starters you increase your chances of winning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Looking at the current standings…..the NL East is ABOUT where it will probably end up.

    Phillies
    Marlins
    Braves
    Nationals
    Mets

    maybe the Braves and Marlins are flipped at the end of the year.

    Early on, it’s not uncommon to see teams doing well that will end up on the bottom…or teams that are supposed to finish well struggling and behind in the standings.

    I know it’s WAY to early to be worrying about this….but I found the NL East standings surprisingly almost right on.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I really think the Marlins are a crappy team..

    Johnson and Nolasco are pretty nasty … but that’s all their pitching..

    Hanely Ramirez, and Jorge Cantu are pretty awesome … but then its Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin …. nothing really special

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Uggla has some pop in his bat, but, therwise he’s just ok.

    What’s up with Maybin? I thought he was supposed to be the next great Marlin or something? Seems like he’s WAAAYYY underperforming.

    Johnson and Nolasco are good enough to make the Marlins one of those pesky, pain-in-the-a$$, always hanging around kind of teams.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Original: I like Tim Hudson but I’m not too sure about Quentin. Quentin and Ramirez are both slumping big time, but Ramirez is a better fantasy player hands down… From what I’ve read, Ramirez is healthy and his shoulder is no longer an issue. I would keep him at least for now since I don’t expect him to have such a dropoff from his previous seasons. He’s 31, so in his prime still! You have a lot more to gain from a rebound from Ramirez than from a rebound from Quentin (+Hudson). Plus, you can always find an available outfielder that’s “hot” … and still get similar production to Quentin’s. (Last year, I used Pence, Lind, and Choo in a revolving door outfielder spot… there’s always talent out there.. this year there will be new names I’m sure).

    P.S. Quentin was just dropped to the 6th spot.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    I still think Atl is being oversold, and the Marlins underrated. Every infield position player on the Braves, with the exception of McCann, ranks at the bottom defensively. Chipper and Glaus are glorified dh’s (although a nice play by Chipper on the Vic bunt), while at least Prado and Escobar have some speed to contribute, along with decent bats and no gloves. The Marlins infield isn’t golden glovers either, but only Uggla is a fielding disaster. Ramirez is actually turning into a somewhat competent ss. With the pure stuff of the starting pitching being roughly equal (slight edge to the Braves), I’ll take the poor defense over the disaster defense. The Braves pen looks better right now, not sure how long it will stay healthy.

    Neither team is a doormat, but the standings look right.

    PS – Fantasy sports is pure evil, created by the devil himself (or the pope – I get those two mixed up). I played fantasy football for a few years, got pretty into it. Was watching the Eagles where I had Westbrook – TO caught a ball, was running down the sidelines, and I was hoping he’d get tackled at the 5, give Westbrook a chance to run it in. It was the third week of the season. After that game, I put together the worst line-up I could think of with my squad, submitted it for the rest of the year, and didn’t look at it again. Maybe my personality is too addictive, but it took the fan out of me, made it a job.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    People who are real true blue baseball fans will enjoy Jamie Moyer while he’s still around. He is a walking talking Baseball pitching clinic. I admire him so much. I love to watch him pitch because he does it with smarts rather than brawn. the guy is just thinking two steps ahead of every hitter he faces and gets them out with absolutely no stuff. You have got to love a guy who succeeds despite an obvious lack of talent. Young pitchers should all look to him as inspiration.

    on another note. I don’t think the braves are a real threat to the phillies. and I said that before this series as well. They simply don’t have the hitting. If they are going to rely on Chipper (who’s always on the DL), Troy Glaus (a washed up steroid user), and a rookie (who will hit a wall sooner rather than later). then they are simply not going to score enough runs to win more than 80 or so games. They don’t have the offense to do it. I’m expecting the bigger threat to come from the Marlins. Who have some real hitters in the lineup and some great pitching as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 diz

    Phillies.Marlins.Nationals.Braves.Mets.

    Random prediction. In any case, excited for tonights game. I believe we will sweep the mets, but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

    Moyer and Werth are my favorite phillies. Hopefully Moyer can keep this up the rest of the season. So glad to see our bench guys putting in work, and working it good.

    I love this team. Even when I have my doubts, I still have phaith.

    As for fantasy baseball, I’ve been neglecting it. Ever since Rollins was put on DL. My ESPN league team is suffering right now, I know, last place. But my MLB league team is doing fine. Probably will check in on them a few times a month the rest of the season.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    The Braves will be around… they don’t have a tremendous lineup but their pitching is solid. One thing to note: there has never been a more overrated pitcher than Derek Lowe. I remember back when some people on here were creating campaigns to bring him to Philly…

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Crazy thought: WHAT IF MOYER GETS 40 MORE WINS? Wouldn’t THAT be something?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    “despite an obvious lack of talent.”

    Uhhh…..Jamie Moyer has 260-something wins. I’m fairly sure that it’s takes at least SOME talent to achieve that.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Too much here today to disagree on.

    Two things I do agree with, though. It takes some talent–maybe not pure stuff, but talent–to win 260 games. he’s one of only four active pitchers to win 20 games in a season more than once, too.

    The second thing I’ll agree about is confusing the Pope with the devil.

     
  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    marlins get a closer they and braves pass phillies easy. look at there starters. we cant match them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    by lack of talent, what I mean is that he doesn’t have stuff. There are plenty of guys out there with crazy good “stuff” as they say. Brett Myers comes to mind. hard cheese and a great breaking ball. But doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together to figure out how to make hitters get themselves out. Moyer Dazzles with an 80 mph fastball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    My approach with mikemike from now on is to simply ignore him.

    It’s sort of like in the old days when you would have the radio on and a record they were playing would get stuck and just keep repeating over and over and it would take awhile for the D.J. to fix it because he was probably out of the studio going to the bathroom. As the listener, the solution was to turn down the sound to get rid of the annoying sound of a stuck record.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    I definitely think mikemike isn’t a Phillies fan, especially since he seems to be rooting on EVERY OTHER TEAM but the Phillies.

    He’s just a troll, trying to convince us that our team sucks…when they quite clearly do not.

     
  • Posts: 0 WFC010

    On another note, why isn’t Halladay going to be pitching against Lincecum in the upcoming Giants series?

    Cole Hamels is still in the process of returning to form, and trying to match Lincecum may be more pressure than he needs right now.

    Thoughts?

     
  • Posts: 0 pheeling it

    i think we have a pretty solid rotation, 4 runs at the max keeps this team in the game, everytime. im worried bout the bullpen but we have 6 solid starters barring health issues

    the bullpen im worried about, that braves game, that nationals game. this team is 12-3 really, so whoever thinks we wont wit the nl east is uneducated.

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I would assume that the rotations for the Phillies and Giants are set and that Halladay and Lincecum just don’t match up because of the calendar.

     
  • Posts: 0 Wine Man

    Where is the Dipsy to talk smack about Jamie Moyer???

     
  • Posts: 0 Wine Man

    This just in. Nelson Figueroa to make the starton Saturday for the Phils! Apparently the times are tough for the Phils also!

     
  • Posts: 0 arbitropia

    Moyer striking out Heyward in the 6th inning last night was my favorite moment of the season so far. Watching the Phils is never more fun than when Jamie’s in control. Here’s hoping he defies all his critics and gives us a solid season as a reliable #5! Loved the shot in the dugout in the top of the 7th with Schneider, Halladay, Hamels, and Kendrick all gathered around him.

     
 
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