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Moyer, 49, chases mark for the ages
Jamie Moyer gets enough batters out that he has a legitimate shot to become the oldest pitcher to win a game. It’s a fine line, though, and he can’t do it without help from his teammates.
The left-hander came up short in his second attempt at a win this season, giving up four runs, two earned, in 5Z innings Thursday and taking the loss as the Colorado Rockies fell to the San Francisco Giants 4-2 at Coors Field.
At 49 years, 146 days of age, Moyer is the second-oldest pitcher to start a game in the majors (behind Satchel Paige) and the oldest to make more than one start.
He’s aiming to beat Jack Quinn’s mark as the oldest to win a game. Quinn was 49 years, 70 days old when he won his last game for the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 13, 1932.
The Rockies committed two errors while Moyer was on the mound and did not get their first hit until the sixth inning, after he had departed.
With his pitches mostly in the 70- to 75-mph range — some as slow as 68 — Moyer went deeper in the game than in his first start of the season Saturday, when he took the loss by allowing four runs (three earned) in five innings of a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros.
But after holding the Giants to two runs in the first five innings, Moyer was hurt by center fielder Dexter Fowler’s error on Ryan Theriot’s routine leadoff fly ball. San Francisco scored two unearned runs to take a 4-0 lead, and Moyer’s day was done.