While his signing was viewed as a novelty act, Moyer has been the Rockies’ best starting pitcher this season. He didn’t walk clumsily into history against San Diego, instead embracing it with pitches on the corners and at all different speeds. Moyer worked seven innings, allowing no earned runs on six hits. His lone strikeout victim was Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin, who swung so hard he fell to his knees in the sixth inning.
The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quinn was the previous oldest pitcher to win a game, topping the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932 at 49 years, 70 days.
“I kind of wish I was a baseball historian, and I am a little embarrassed that I don’t know more about it,” Moyer said. “To have my name mentioned with the greats of the past is special.”
...This was vintage Moyer. And that’s saying something for a guy who has thrown more than 58,000 pitches. Baseball scouts armed with stopwatches and radar guns prefer pitchers bigger and stronger. The radar gun becomes the résumé. Moyer, as said before, is a raider of a lost art. He topped out at 79 miles per hour on his fastball and shrewdly blended in a 27 changeups and four curveballs.