Moyer becomes oldest pitcher to win
By SPORTS NETWORK
|Rockies starter Jamie Moyer became the oldest winning pitcher in MLB history on Tuesday. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)
DENVER - At 49 years, 141 days, Jamie Moyer became the oldest player in Major League history to record a win as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Padres, 5-3, in the second test of a three-game set at Coors Field.
Moyer (1-2) tossed seven innings, allowing two unearned runs on six hits while walking two. He broke Jack Quinn's long-standing record, set on September 13, 1932 for the Dodgers at the age of 49 years and 70 days.
"To have your name mentioned with great players of the past or Hall of Fame players, it's pretty special," remarked Moyer. "It's all about playing the game."
Wilin Rosario knocked in two runs and Dexter Fowler added a two-run blast for the Rockies. Closer Rafael Betancourt served up three consecutive hits, including a home run, before retiring the final two Padres to record his third save of the year.
Moyer's counterpart, Anthony Bass, wasn't even born when Moyer made his pro debut back on June 16, 1986 for the Cubs. The 24-year-old Bass (0-2) was touched for three runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over his five innings.
"He's been in the game a long time," said Bass about Moyer. "He's a pitcher out there and he makes his pitches and he gets guys out."