Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to win a game
Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League Baseball. The Colorado Rockies held on to beat the San Diego Padres 5-3. Moyer, at 49 years and 150 days old, beat the previous record held by Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Quinn was 49 years and 70 days old.
According to MLB.com, Moyer tied Hall of Famer Jim Palmer on the all-time wins list with career victory 268. The win marked Moyer’s first since June 27, 2010. Moyer then would require season-ending elbow surgery that kept him out for the 2011 season as well.
Moyer signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies and made the team out of spring training. He went seven innings, gave up six hits and two unearned runs. Moyer threw 87 pitches and not one of them exceeded 79 MPH.
According to the LA Times, Moyer made his MLB debut in 1986. Anthony Bass, the Padres starter was born in 1987. Moyer outdueled Bass in this start. The Padres tried to tie the game up in the ninth but closer Rafael Betancourt struck out the final batter of the game to earn his third save of the season and secure the victory for Moyer.
Moyer had 10 tickets for friends and family at the game. The camera showed his wife celebrating as the game was over.