Scanalysis – Series Tied At One A Piece As Pads Lose To Rockies 5-3

Baseball 17 Apr 2012

Congratulations to Rockies’ starter Jamie Moyer for becoming at age 49 the oldest player in MLB history to be a game’s winning pitcher, after his team’s 5-3 victory over the Padres tonight.

 Moyer lasted 7 innings while holding the Friars to 2 runs on 6 hits. It was career win #268 tying him with Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time MLB wins list.

On the other side of the coin, with the loss the Padres dropped to 3-9 on the season, and need to win tomorrow to take their first series of the season.

THE GOOD:

  • The Pads collecting 9 hits including a Nick Hundley HR, and a four-for-four night for Chris Denorfia.
  • Anthony Bass throwing well, other than a missed location in the 3rd to Dexter Fowler that cost a 2-run HR, and another to Wilin Rosario in the 4th for an RBI double.
  • Nice comeback effort by the Pads to bring the go ahead run to the plate in 9th. The comeback bid fell short, but these Pads do not give up.
  • Watching the friendly competition between Mark Kotsay and Jamie Moyer.  Kotsay entered the game with a lifetime .576 avg. (19-for-33), and added two more hits to his collection to raise that average to .580.  After each at bat the two exchanged good natured ribbing regardless of the outcome.  I few fun moments in the midst of an otherwise serious contest.
THE BAD:
  • 2 out runs.  3 crossed the plate tonight against the Pads.  Those always hurt, and more often than not prove to be the difference in the game, and tonight was no exception.
  • Two misplays in the field, one costing a run in the 8th.
THE DIFFERENCE:
  • Jamie Moyer working his soft tossing magic while inducing 3 double plays, pitching over 2 Troy Tulowitzki errors, and preventing the Pads from getting a runner into scoring position until the 7th inning.
  • 2-strike mistakes to Marco Scutaro and Fowler with two out in the 3rd to give the Rocks a 2-0 lead that they would  not relinquish.
The pads had at least one hit in all but one inning against Moyer, but the ageless lefty coming off TJ surgery was continuously able to get the ground ball he needed to prevent serious damage.  Anthony Bass will look back on an outing that was virtually flawless except for two, maybe three missed locations that cost him the game, but that’s life sometimes in MLB.
Hopefully the Padres can put together another 3 tiered attack (hitting, pitching, and fielding) like they did in the series opener and can take the rubber match tomorrow night, and bring home their first series victory of the season.
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