Jamie Moyer outdueled Greg Maddux to collect his team-leading 11th victory of the season, blanking the Padres over seven, three-hit innings in the Phillies’ 1-0 win over San Diego.
After an awful series in LA, the Phils finally gave us a chance to decompress, discuss a win and appreciate how good the starting pitching’s been. Moyer, who’s carried the team as much as anyone, ran his streak to 13 straight starts with three earned runs or less. Aside from Pat Burrell’s solo shot, Maddux matched him pitch for pitch, as the savvy vets handled these two struggling offenses. Mix in the work of Brad Lidge, 29-for-29 in save opportunities, and the rest of the pen, last night’s 1-0 win embodied how the Phils have gone about business for the last two months.
EastFallowfield’s running tally: No matter how grotesque it gets, to Beerleaguer regular EastFallowfield, it’s all about the bottom line. After 122 games, here are the totals, as reported by EFF on a nightly basis:
2008: 65-57, 1 game back
2007: 65-57, 4 games back
1980: 65-57, 3.5 games back
Minor thoughts: Speaking of the bottom line, it’s time to apply that same logic to 49-76 Reading (last in the Eastern League) and 52-74 Lehigh Valley (last in the International League). Winning is a part of development, and the high minors have been poisonous for too long. Time to blow up the Phillies’ business model of rewarding organizational soldiers with key roles in development, open the wallets and hire qualified personnel to mold the players of the Phillies’ future.