Friday night, the Phillies partied like it was 1979 (you know, back when 47-year-old Jamie Moyer was only 16-year-old Jamie Moyer and his age was likely not a part of his title). The Phillies (21-13) donned throwback powder blue uniforms as a part of Milwaukee’s “1970’s Retro Weekend” in their 9-5 win over the Brewers (15-20) to start off the weekend series.
While the bulk of the Philadelphia area was watching the Flyers make history, the Phillies were in the midst of their own exciting victory. Ryan Howard wasted no time getting the hit parade started with a 2-run shot to right-center field off of former Phillie, Randy Wolf. Quiet since gaining the starting slot at shortstop, Wilson Valdez kept things going with an RBI double to score Ibanez in the second. After getting through the first with relatively no trouble, Moyer was shaky through the second, allowing three solo home runs to Prince Fielder, Jim Edmonds, and George Kottaras. The Phillies would regain their lead in the 4th with another home run, this time off the bat of Raul Ibanez, aided by a set of triples from Valdez and Shane Victorino to make the score 6-3.
With Wolf done after 5 innings, the Brewers brought in starter-turned-middle-reliever Manny Parra to keep the game within reach. A few singles and a few fielding errors by Parra himself and the Phils were up 8-3. After breezing through the bottom of the 6th, Moyer hit some turbulence in the bottom of the 7th when he loaded the bases while only recording one out. David Herndon came on in relief and with his second pitch of the inning, delivered a ground ball to Valdez from Rickie Weeks. Valdez flipped the ball to Chase Utley at second for the out but Utley was unable to turn the double play and threw the ball past Howard at first, committing his second error of the game and allowing two runs to score on the play and Weeks to move up to second. Herndon was able to finish the inning with a strikeout, allowing the Phillies to maintain an 8-5 lead. Utley redeemed himself in the ninth, however, with a solo shot to lead off the inning. The Brew Crew would go down quietly in the bottom of the inning to allow the Phillies their 21st win of the season.
Moyer (5-2, 4.57 ERA), coming off a CGSO last Friday, earned his fifth win after going 6.1 innings and allowing 5 hits and 5 runs (4 earned). Wolf (3-3, 4.66 ERA) would take the loss, going 5.0 innings with 6 runs on 7 hits.
The Phillies are set to face the Brewers again tomorrow at 4:10 ET, with Joe Blanton (0-2 4.97 ERA) up against Milwaukee’s Chris Narveson (3-0 5.06 ERA).