Stat of the Day

88 – years and 48 days, the combined age of Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson to become the oldest left-handed starters to face each other in MLB history. Johnson (0-2) started out with a bang, striking out the first six men he faced and nine total in six-plus innings of work for the no-decision after leaving the bases loaded in the seventh with a 3-0 lead. That’s because Ryan Howard, who was hitting .198 for the season, hit a pinch-hit grand slam off Brandon Medders to quickly give the Philadelphia Phillies (15-19) the lead, where they would go on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks (19-17) 9-3 on Wednesday. Moyer (4-2) pitched seven solid innings, giving up three runs while Brett Myers picked up the save in two shutout innings of relief, grabbing his third save in as many opportunities as a fill-in for the injured Tom Gordon.

Johnson and Moyer broke the record set April 24 when Johnson faced the San Diego Padres’ David Wells. About the game, Johnson said, “I may have been the old Randy for six innings.  Then I just got old.” The Big Unit and Moyer first met in 1989 when Johnson was a Seattle Mariner and Moyer a Texas Ranger. The span of 17 years, 230 days is the longest period between starts for opposing pitchers in history. Asked if he remembered the game, Moyer replied, “No, do you?”

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