Jamie Moyer And Astros
April 8, 2012 by staff
Jamie Moyer And Astros, The National League’s youngest team gave baseball’s oldest player fits. J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three runs and the Houston Astros, beat 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and the Colorado Rockies 7-3 Saturday night.
Jordan Schafer took it deep leading off for the Astros and Martinez’s two-run shot in the fourth made it 3-0.
With gray stubble covering his chin and hair of the same color peeking out the edge of his cap, Moyer (0-1) become the oldest player to appear in a game since 1980, when 54-year-old Minnie Minoso played in a game for the White Sox, according to statistics provided by the Rockies from the Elias Sports bureau.
The Astros have seven players on their roster that weren’t born when Moyer made his major league debut on June 16, 1986. Houston starter Lucas Harrell celebrated his first birthday just before Moyer’s first major league game.
Harrell (1-0) yielded three hits in seven scoreless innings for the win.
Moyer allowed five hits and three runs in five innings while wearing the stirrup socks that were popular when he started his career but have long since fallen out of favor and jersey No. 50, the age he will turn in November. It was his first start since July 20, 2010, for Philadelphia after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery.
Moyer is the second-oldest pitcher to start a major league game behind Satchel Paige, who did it at 59 in 1965. He’s the fifth man since 1965 to play a game after his 49th birthday, and the first since Julio Franco appeared in a game for Atlanta in September 2007.
He became the oldest starting pitcher to make an opening-day roster in major league history by earning a spot in the rotation after signing a minor league contract with Colorado. He’ll have to wait until his next start to try to become the oldest pitcher to get a win. Jack Quinn, who was 49 years, 70 days old when he won a game for the Dodgers in 1932, currently holds that record.
Moyer’s tough night wasn’t helped by Colorado’s fielding. A night after the Astros committed four errors, the Rockies were the ones making mistakes.
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