(Sports Network) - Aging southpaw Jamie Moyer gets a second chance at a first
win of the 2012 season today when his latest team, the Colorado Rockies, close
out a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants.
The native of Sellersville, Pa., who'll turn 50 in November, did not pitch in
the majors last season after going 9-9 with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010
and winning 12 games for them a season earlier.
Moyer was a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1984 and has appeared in
687 major-league games with eight teams, including the Cubs, Texas, St. Louis,
Baltimore, Seattle, Boston, the Phillies and Rockies.
He made his Colorado debut and his first start of this year on April 7 in
Houston and dropped a 7-3 decision after allowing four runs on five hits in
He's 4-7 in 12 lifetime starts against the Giants with a respectable 3.52
earned run average and 41 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.
San Francisco counters with young left-hander Madison Bumgarner, who was born
five years after Moyer was drafted and has made 631 fewer appearances than his
Bumgarner debuted with the Giants in 2009, two years after they selected him
10th overall in the 2007 draft.
He made four appearances that season, won seven times in 18 starts in 2010 and
was a 13-game winner in 33 starts in 2011 while posting a 3.21 ERA and
striking out 191 batters in 204 2/3 innings.
The 22-year-old North Carolina native, who's 2-3 in seven career meetings with
the Rockies, opened his 2012 season with a 5-4 loss in Arizona on April 7
after giving up seven hits and four runs in four innings.
In Wednesday's second game, Carlos Gonzalez tripled twice, drove in four runs
and scored four times as Colorado dominated the Giants, 17-8.
Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Ramon Hernandez and Chris Nelson each drove
in two runs for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game skid. Matt Reynolds
(1-0) picked up the win for pitching 1 2/3 innings.
Nate Schierholtz homered twice and drove in three runs while Brandon Crawford
also homered for the Giants, whose win on Monday was their first of the
season. Guillermo Mota (0-1) was charged with five runs - four earned - in the
fourth inning to take the loss.
Neither starter factored in the decision as Jeremy Guthrie was touched for six
runs on nine hits in just 3 1/3 frames for Colorado while Tim Lincecum was
banged around for six runs in just 2 1/3 innings for San Francisco.
The Giants won seven of their last eight games against the Rockies last season
and 13 of 18 overall. They won six of nine in Colorado.
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