Saturday, May 8, 2010
Jamie Moyer, Jered Weaver Hurl Phils, Angels to Victories
Players of the Day for Friday, May 7, 2010 American League Out of last place, the LA Angels may be making some progress toward the top of the AL West standings. After Friday's 8-0 whitewash of the Mariners (losers of 7 straight and now occupying last place in the division), the Angels are 3 1/2 behind the Rangers and 2 1/2 back of the second-place A's. At 13-18, LA still has a long way to go before earning any level of respect, but Jered Weaver's, latest, a 3-hit, no-run, 7 1/3 inning stint, is a huge positive for the struggling squad. Weaver was not by any means dominant, throwing 117 pitches and walking three batters, but he battled and kept the Mariners off the scoreboard while his teammates scored 4 runs in each of the 1st and 4th innings. Pitching with a huge lead, Weaver was able to mix up his pitches and keep Seattle's hitters in check as he improved his record to 4-1, with an ERA on 2.66 and a solid 1.05 WHIP. Weaver struck out 7, giving him 47 in 44 innings this season. He was 10th in the AL in 2009, fanning 174 batters. National League Other than Troy Glaus, the Atlanta Braves simply couldn't touch ageless Jamie Moyer Friday night. Glaus registered the only two hits against the 47-year-old hurler, who became the oldest player in the history of baseball to throw a shutout, bettering the old mark - set by Phil Neikro back in 1986 - by nearly a year. After Glaus got the Braves' first hit with a single to start the second inning, Moyer got Matt Diaz to ground into a double play and proceeded to set down the next 16 batters in order. Glaus had his other single to open the 8th inning, but was forced out at second. Moyer finished the inning, getting the next two batters on fly balls and got through the 9th without incident. Moyer struck out 5 and didn't walk any batters. Thanks to the second inning DP, he faced 28 batters, one over the minimum, for the 7-0 Phillies' win, keeping them 2 games ahead of the Mets in the NL East. Moyer improved his record to 4-2.