Left-hander Jamie Moyer mastered the Marlins over eight shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and improving to a spotless 9-0 in nine starts against them.
Like an ancient elixir, Moyer is the cure-all to ease our troubled minds. On the verge of a series sweep, which would have cut their lead to a single game, Moyer hit the mark for his best start of the season. With the win, he improves to 7-3 and passes Whitey Ford on the all-time list with 237 wins. Call it the “Jorge Cantu Series,” but from the Phillies' perspective, they can hang their hats on Moyer’s night of painting the black and little else. This wasn’t Phillies baseball at its best, but when it was all said, they lost small ground on Florida and gained ground or maintained their edge over everyone else in the division.
Yesterday, Mets closer Billy Wagner blew his third-consecutive save opportunity in a game eventually lost in extra innings. Wagner isn’t even close to the top of their growing list of problems. Meanwhile in Chicago, Atlanta suffered their own bullpen meltdown as reliever Jeff Ridgway hit Reed Johnson with the bases loaded to plate the winning run in a 3-2 11-inning loss, their sixth loss in a row. The Phils hold a 7.5-game lead over both clubs.
Notes: Remember that New York beat writer who declared the race over for the Mets midway through the 2007 season? Well, Randy Miller of the Bucks County Courier Times declared the race over this morning on WIP radio. Speaking of WIP, Beerleaguer will be a guest of Brian Startare's show Saturday morning at 7:40, and I have no plans to make any declaration of the sort.