Jamie Moyer allowed one hit in seven innings to continue his domination of the Florida Marlins, Ryan Howard hit his 200th homer to sustain an unprecedented pace and the Philadelphia Phillies extended their winning streak to six games with a 4-0 victory Thursday night.
Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero pitched one perfect inning each to complete the Phillies’ one-hitter.
Moyer (9-6) limited Florida to two baserunners and departed after throwing 94 pitches. The 46-year-old left-hander has won all eight of his career starts in Miami, and he’s 13-2 overall against the Marlins.
The Phillies enjoy the longest current winning streak in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their past 11 games.
- CBS Wire Reports
Volstad really can’t keep the ball in the yard, and it’s the damnedest thing because it’s really anomalous for him. He’s never given up home runs like this, and you want to say it’s unlucky as I alluded to in my pregame post, but quite frankly, he’s leaving too many hittable balls up in the zone.
The Marlins need this series. If they somehow get swept here, you can pretty much write off the season. You hate to say must win, but winning the next three is huge, and two of three is absolutely essential.
Moyer continues to be tantalizingly befuddling to the Marlins, and really there’s no reason for it. These guys need to be better prepared for a guy who is very easy to hit, and yet they have consistently failed to make adjustments. I’m not going to be knee jerk and say that is represents a failure on hitting coach Mark Wiley’s part because, well, Moyer’s just one pitcher. But it’s extremely frustrating to watch a guy who looks like he wouldn’t flourish at the high school level one hit a major league team.
One thing we’re going to be doing is selecting a “Fish of the Game” during Marlins wins to denote the player or players who played the key role in the victory.
Of course, it’s only fair to spread a little blame around in losses (and, in all honesty, it’s fun!), so in our inaugural post game story, I introduce the illustrious Scott Olsen Mugshot Memorial Award for the Marlin who’s play contributed most to the Marlins loss. At the end of the season, we will feature a season long winner (Bonifacio is currently in the lead, though Coghlan is making a strong push recently).
Without further ado, and with much fanfare, I present the very first recipient of the Scott Olsen Mugshot Memorial Award in a miraculous, split ballot decision:
The Marlins bats!
Speaking of Volstad:
Volstad is someone I’ve analyzed and agonized over all year because he really makes no sense. Low LD rates, good GB rates, low FB rates, decent K rates and improved control, and not an outrageous amount of hits. When he does get hit hard, though, it goes flying out of the park. I’ll probably devote a whole post to trying to figure him out someday soon when I get the time to look at PitchFx
Volstad has probably been miscast by most Marlins fans; he was a top prospect not because he had top of the rotation potential but because he was exceptionally projectable and was a safe bet to be a productive player.