Two Thirds of the Rockies six runs came from the unlikeliest of sources Wednesday night. The duo of Dexter Fowler and Jamie Moyer combined to bat in four runs, two each, in the Rockies win against the Diamondbacks 6-1.
Moyer helped his cause in the bottom of the fourth with a two hit single. With Dexter Fowler on second and Jordan Pacheco on third, Moyer took a swing at a slider outside the zone and connected. The ball beat him to the bag, but was misplayed as both Goldschmidt and Corbin went for the ball. Moyer alluded the tag and was called safe, even though a replay showed he was brushed as he passed by Goldschmidt. Meanwhile not only did Pacheco score, but Dexter wasted no time running home from second to score. With the RBI’s came another MLB record as Moyer became the oldest pitcher to score an RBI.
On the mound Moyer was excellent, going 6 1/3 and giving up only one run on six hits. He struck out five while issuing two walks. He had the Diamondback hitters swinging ahead of pitches the whole time and, other than a couple of mistakes, kept the tempo and game exactly where he wanted it. He was given a standing ovation as he left the field.
Dexter’s night began with a triple to deep center and almost ended with him coming up to the plate, a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Before the game Jim Tracy mentioned that he spoke with Fowler and basically said he wanted him to play, but Dex needed to make it easier on himself.
Message received loud and clear!
His next at bat, after his two RBI triple, was a double off a line drive to left. Then he hit a single on his third at bat and everyone was hoping he would have a chance to complete the cycle in the ninth.
Unfortunately Jordan Pacheco, who was also having an excellent game at the plate, couldn’t extend the inning to give him a chance and Dexter was left on deck.
Another pleasant surprise of the night was Esmil Rogers coming into the ninth and completely dominating the final three batters. He induced two popups and ended the game by striking out Gerardo Parra on a nasty slider.