June 23, 2007
Jamie Moyer had as good an all-around game last night in St. louis as you will ever see form a pitcher, let alone a 44-year-old. He played the game as if he was in Souderton High School. He always plays it that way.
**He won his seventh game (six scoreless innings) and all seven have come after a Phillies loss. Since he came east last August from Seattle, the Phillies are 9-2 when he starts after a defeat.
**He singled to start a five-run inning and scored from second on a Shane Victorino hit.
**He scored with an old-fashioned feet-first slide at home plate. He bounced up, grabbed Victorino’s bat that was lying there and sprinted to the dugout.
**He took a hard grounder by Albert Pujols off his left knee, scrambled after the ball, flipped it to Ryan Howard as he took a bellyflop on the grass. It was the last out and guess what, he sprinted to the third base dugout again.
**He laid down a sacrifice bunt that led to another run.
**He didn’t drive the bus back to the hotel simply because there was no bus. The hotel is two blocks away. He probably sprinted.
“He (Jamie) runs harder back to the dugout than a lot of guys do to first base,” Charlie Manuel.
“When I hit the ground (run-scoring slide), I was surprised. I felt like I was on marbles. And it wasn’t because of any speed,” Moyer.
“I gave it (the slide) a 9.5 because he didn’t have a lot speed behind it,” Greg Dobbs.