Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1
Jamie Moyer handcuffed the Arizona Diamondbacks at the plate and
in the field.
The 49-year-old lefty pitched neatly into the seventh and drove
in two runs with an infield single in Colorado’s 6-1 win Wednesday
In the fourth inning, he dribbled a 2-2 fastball in between
lefty Patrick Corbin and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who
fielded the ball and futilely lunged at the old-timer lumbering
down the line.
That scored Jordan Pacheco from third, and he was quickly
followed by Dexter Fowler, scoring all the way from second base on
the 85-foot single and giving the Rockies a 5-0 lead.
”The guy has his back turned, he’s not expecting that,” Fowler
said. ”I always run hard, especially with two outs.”
The two RBIs tied Moyer’s career high set against Pittsburgh in
June 2004 when he was with the Seattle Mariners.
After working the count to 2-2, Moyer squirted the ball off the
end of his bat.
”I thought it was going to roll foul,” Moyer said. ”And I
feel like I hesitated just a little bit, and then … as I was
running down the line, I saw the pitcher stop and the first
baseman, I think he picked it up and he was going to throw it to
the pitcher and then he realized the pitcher wasn’t (covering the
”So, then it became, I guess, a slow crawl to first base.”
The D-backs said they were caught in no-man’s land.
”At first, I thought I could get to it,” Corbin said. ”He
called me off, thought he could get to it.”
Still, it was close and from some angles on TV, it looked like
Goldschmidt might have made the tag.
”I didn’t feel him tag me,” Moyer said with a shrug.
”I thought I got a piece of him,” Goldschmidt said. ”It
wasn’t one of those plays where I crushed his leg or anything like
that. But that’s how it goes sometimes.”
Moyer said he never considered just jogging out the
”I feel like when you’re on the field, if you can’t give your
best effort, then you shouldn’t be out there,” he said. ”That’s
how I was taught the game of baseball and I’m not one of the
overly-talented guys in the league, so I always feel I have to try
to be on top of things all the time.”
Moyer couldn’t recall ever witnessing a two-run infield single
in his nearly quarter-century in the majors.
In fact, he still hasn’t.
”I didn’t see it,” Moyer said of Fowler’s hustling home on the
play. ”Actually, I didn’t realize it until I came back to the bag
and I stood on the bag and I looked up and I just assumed he would
be on the base. And my gosh, that’s (third base coach) Rich Dauer.
Then, I looked at the scoreboard and I realized what had happened.
It was great hustle.”
Fowler said Moyer’s the one who should be commended.
”I was more shocked that Moyer beat it out,” Fowler said.
”The guy was hustling. He was hustling, himself. … He’s a
bulldog. The guy never quits.”
Moyer (2-3) also drew a walk in the sixth, but he was even more
impressive on the rubber. He allowed one earned run and six hits in
6 1-3 innings, walked two and struck out five in winning for the
first time since April 17, when he broke Jack Quinn’s mark to
become the oldest pitcher in major league baseball to win a
He outpitched Corbin (2-2), who gave up six runs on nine hits in
six innings, in improving to 5-1 lifetime against the
Corbin is the second 22-year-old pitcher Moyer has faced this
season. The 26-year, 243-day difference in their age marked the
fourth-largest differential for starting pitchers in major league
history, according to the Rockies’ pregame notes, which cited the
Elias Sports Bureau.
”I haven’t really seen him too much,” Corbin said. ”Big age
difference, obviously, that people were saying. He’s still going
out there and look what he did today, still keeping our hitters off
balance. That’s why he’s been around so long.”
The D-backs finally got to Moyer in the seventh when John
McDonald led off with a double and scored one out later on
pinch-hitter Cody Ransom’s double. That brought in Josh Roenicke,
who threw 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief before Esmil Rogers
pitched a perfect ninth.
Fowler, who was recently dropped to eighth in the batting order,
went 3 for 3 with a single, double and triple but didn’t get a shot
at becoming the seventh Rockies hitter to hit for the cycle. He was
on deck when Pacheco made the last out in the bottom of the
NOTES: The press box grease board where other games are charted
at Coors Field was blank Wednesday night in memory of Robert
Storey, 67, an usher at Rockies and Broncos games who was killed in
a traffic accident Tuesday. … Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin said he
still hasn’t started throwing yet. He’s dealing with shoulder
inflammation and biceps tendinitis, which he said started to bother
him in spring training: ”I didn’t feel good at all in spring
training,” he said Wednesday night.
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