Jamie Moyer held the San Diego Padres to six hits and two unearned runs over seven innings last night as the Colorado Rockies player became the oldest winning pitcher in Major League Baseball history.
Moyer, aged 49 years and 150 days, is 80 days older than Brooklyn Dodgers hurler Jack Quinn was when he defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in September 1932. The left-hander was leading 3-2 when he left the game and the Rockies held on to win 5-3.
Moyer (1-2) threw 89 pitches, none of which was faster than 79 miles per hour, according to Major League Baseball’s website. He has played in 689 games for Texas, St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia since his first appearance for the Chicago Cubs in June 1986. The Sellersville, Pennsylvania native said he was more interested in getting the Rockies victory than in setting the record.
“For me to put that in front of the game really would be unfair to my teammates, unfair to myself,” Moyer said in comments on the MLB.com website. “It would tell me also that my focus and my attention were in the wrong place.”
Moyer’s wife and seven of his eight children were at the game last night in Denver’s Coors Field. Moyer missed all of last season after a July 2010 injury needed surgery. He joined the Rockies on a minor league contract before spring training.
The victory also tied Moyer with former Baltimore pitcher Jim Palmer with 268 career wins.