Jamie Moyer is officially the oldest pitcher to win a major league game as a starting pitcher. There was still some drama along the way to the historic win, with two errors by Tulo bringing his total to six for the season. Tulowitzki only had six errors all of last season, so he is for sure working on some fielding issues.
On the second Tulo error the Rockies were up 3-0 and a ball hit right at Tulo, tailor-made double play ball, skidded under his glove and into left allowing the Jesus Guzman to score.
Thankfully the team got two insurance runs in the 8th thanks to a Cuddyer double and a Rosario sac fly that plated Todd, all off of our previous closer Huston Street.
The last three outs were as nerve-racking as ever. Betancourt didn’t make it easy, giving up a solo shot to Nick Hundley to begin the ninth and almost giving up a 2 run shot that was only short because the extreme wind kept it in the park.
But at the end of the night it was all Moyer, who pitched masterfully going seven innings, six hits and no earned runs. This was the best showing of a Rockies pitcher this year and we are all very thankful and relieved!!!
CONGRATS JAMIE, THANKS FOR MAKING THE ROCKIES YOUR HOME!
EXCELLENT STATS FROM MARC STOUT
1.) MOYER is now 4-2/3.23 (an ERA exactly 1 run lower than his career ERA) in his 6 career starts on April the 17th.
The first happened in 1991 w/STL; he pitched on this day 3 times w/SEA…1x w/PHI…and yesterday.
2.) MOYER beat SD for the 10th time for career win #268.
He now has exactly 10 or more wins against 15 of baseball’s 30 franchises.
He has at least ONE win vs every franchise, with his fewest, ONE, against Colorado.
3.) Tuesday marked MOYER’S first EVER win @ Coors Field.
He has a victory in 42 different ballparks…13 of which are no longer in use.
The 49 year old has pitched in a total of 49 different ballparks…7 in which he has never won (3 of the 7 are still in use – CINCY/NY-Citit Field/SF)
4.) JOE WEST was behind the plate Tuesday night.
MOYER now has his most career wins, 9, with WEST calling balls and strikes.
In 12 JOE WEST umped starts; MOYER is 9-2 with a spectacular 2.45 ERA
5.) JIM TRACY is the 13th man to manage MOYER.
MOYER has a victory under 12 of the 13…he went winless in 8 appearances for STL in 1991 with JOE TORRE managing.
6.) MOYER picked off CHRIS DENORFIA in the 2nd inning.
It was the 50TH PICK OFF of his career.
7.) By my count there were 16 managers, coaches, and/or broadcasters in the ball park last night that either played with or against or where active MLB’ers during MOYER’S career.
Phil Plantier (0-1)
Alonzo Powell (1-3)
Dave Roberts (1-8)
Vinny Castilla (1-7)
Glenallen Hill (4-22)
Carney Lansford (2-4)
Mark Grant (0-2)
Mark Sweeney (1-3)
Jeff Huson (1-2)
COMBINED BA = (11-52) – .212
OTHER HISTORIC BASEBALL NOTES FROM 4/17:
ALEXANDER CARTWRIGHT, sometimes referred to as the “father of baseball”, is born.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings play the first “professional” game of baseball.
Team captain and HOF’er HARRY WRIGHT had all of his players “under contract”
19 year old right fielder, and future HOF’er, MICKEY MANTLE, goes 1-4 in his big league debut with NYY
20 year old right fielder, and future HOF’er, ROBERTO CLEMENTE, singles in his first big league at bat with PITT
Future HOF’er MIKE SCMIDT hits 4 homers in a game at Wrigley Field.
SCHMIDT would hit .444 off of MOYER in his career.
BARRY BONDS hits his 500th career HR.
5 of which had come against JAMIE MOYER.
UBALDO JIMENEZ throws the first no-hitter in Rockies’ history