Tuesday, May 6, 2008

45 year-old Moyer schools 23 year-old Scherzer in Phillies win

(AP Photo/Matt York)
Max Scherzer of the Arizona Diamondbacks was two years old when Jamie Moyer made his major league debut back in 1986. Scherzer made his first career start tonight and Moyer, with his 21 years of experience, showed the rookie how it's done, leading the Phillies to a 11-4 win over the D-backs.

Moyer put together one of his better performances of the season, going 7 innings and scattering 6 hits. He struck out 5 D-backs and gave up only 2 runs. At one point, he sent down 10 hitters down in a row. Moyer also showed some prowess with the bat, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He even dropped down a good bunt to advance the runners in the 7th inning.

Scherzer didn't have a terrible debut on the mound. He gave up 5 runs, but only two of them were earned, in four innings of work. The Phillies simply overmatched him, and the rest of the D-backs bullpen.

With Pat Burrell going 0 for 5 tonight, the rest of the Phils offense picked up the slack. Eric Bruntlett had a bases loaded triple that drove in three runs, and both Carlos Ruiz and Geoff Jenkins added three hits. The most amazing thing about the big offensive output tonight was the fact that they scored 11 runs without hitting a single home run. Ryan Howard even looked a little better at the plate, going 1 for 4, picking up 2 RBI and striking out only once.

The road trip got off to a good start tonight, but the Phillies still have 3 more games against the Major League best Diamondbacks to go. The Phils have to face a man only slightly younger than Moyer tomorrow night in Randy Johnson, and they will send Adam Eaton to the mound.

Jimmy Who? Eric Bruntlett's bases-clearing triple in the 7th:

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