Jun 16, 2010

Ageless Wonder: Moyer Shines in Phils Win.

(New York, NY) -  On the 24th anniversary of his first major league start Jamie Moyer pitched eight solid innings as the Philadelphia Phillies topped the New York Yankees 6-3 in game two of their three-game interleague series at Yankees Stadium.

Moyer's performance wasn't perfect as he did allow two Yankee home runs, luckily, they were both solo shots as Robinson Cano belted his 14th of the year in the bottom of the second and Jorge Posada knocked in his nine of the season in the bottom of the fifth.

Moyer (7-6) only allowed two runs on three hits en route to his seventh win of the season. The only other hit, besides the two homers, was a Kevin Russo single in the bottom of the eighth.

As much as Moyers ability on the mound was the headline the life that was resurrected from the Phillies bats was the highlight.
The Phillies got on the board first in the top of the second and showed signs that their present slump may be ending.

After Jayson Werth flied out to center to begin the second. After a Raul Ibanez walk and steal to advance him to second base, DH Greg Dobbs singled to right field on a ball that scored Ibanez from second. The Phils stretched out Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett again when catcher Brian Schneider walked after working a full count.

The Phillies continued to play small as a Wilson Valdez single loaded the bases for Shane Victorino.
Victorino cleared the bases on a triple that rolled all the way to the center field wall to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.

The Yankees stuck back as Cano homered in the second to bring the score to 2-1 but in the top of the third the Phillies notched a pair of their own as Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth belted back-to-back homers to cap off the Phillies two inning rally 6-2.

Burnett (6-5) was pulled in the middle of the third. He was credited with six runs on six hits including four walks in the loss.

The Yankees bullpen went to work keeping the Phillies hit-less in the finals 5 2/3 innings only allowing one walk and striking out six. Those five plus innings are now part of a current 11 innings hit-less streak held by the Yankees bullpen.

After Moyer was held out of the ninth Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made a call to the pen and allowed struggling closer Brad Lidge to finish out the game.

After striking out Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher in consecutive at bats Moyer walked Mark Teixeira. Teixeira scored on an Alex Rodriguez double to left to bring the score to 6-3.

Robinson Cano singled to put runner on first and third to put the tying run at the plate. As a reassurance Manuel had J.C. Romero warming up in the pen just in case Lidge couldn't hold on.

Lidge caught Jorge Podada with a inside slider to close out the game. Moyer, Lidge and the entire Delaware Valley released a sigh of relief as the Phillies closed out the Yankees 6-3.

Game Notes: The win snapped a nine-game home winning streak for the Yankees... Alex Rodriguez made his first apperance after missing four games with a right hip strain...Tomorrow's series finale will feature right hander Kyle Kendrick (3-2) against Andy Pettitte (8-1).

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