A rocky 2009 and three off-season surgeries haven't been enough to slow 47-year-old Jamie Moyer, who picked up his 263rd career win in the Phillies' 9-5 defeat of Milwaukee.
Pop-Pop is having himself a season, folks. Aside from the complete-game, his 4.57 ERA essentially amounts to a token bad inning in each of his starts surrounded by many good ones. That's how it went last night when the Brewers brutalized three hangers out over the plate for trip-homers in the second; Prince Fielder's bomb was a particularly vulgar display of power. But considering Moyer was working with Paul Hoover, and not getting enough help from his defense, this was a well-earned win against a stout Milwaukee offense. Beerleaguers typically frown on win-loss totals, but in this case, Moyer's 5-2 mark tells a better story than his 94 ERA+. (Keep an eye on those rising pitch counts, however, as the weather begins to warm). It was an awesome night for the offense, too, with Ryan Howard breaking through with a two-run shot; he was due. Don't look now, but Raul Ibanez has an .898 OPS in May after going 2-for-5 with a second-deck homer off a spectator's head. Chase Utley tagged his ninth of the year for an insurance run in the 9th, and Shane Victorino went 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs; the Flyin' Hawaiian quietly has a 1.030 OPS in May.Back later with Game 2 chat.