After opening the season 0-2, Jamie Moyer was able to shut down the Padres on Tuesday and pick up his first victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to win a game.
At 49 years, 150 days, Moyer overtook Jack Quinn, whose last win came at 49 years, 70 days.
Facing a struggling San Diego offense, Moyer allowed just a pair of unearned runs over seven innings in what ended up being a 5-3 Rockies victory. He struck out one and walked two before departing following his 87th pitch.
The win was Moyer 268th all-time, but his first since June 27, 2010. He missed last season following Tommy John surgery.
Moyer won his first game June 16, 1986, beating the Phillies while pitching for the Cubs. San Diego’s opposing starter tonight, Anthony Bass, was born more than a year later on Nov. 1, 1987.
Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.
Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.
At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.