Nine to Know: April 18

The Milwaukee Brewers celebrate following George Kottaras' pinch-hit walkoff two-run 9th inning double gave the Brewers a 5-4 win over the Dodgers

This is what you should be talking about, reading, hearing, and writing about in baseball today.

  1. Yes, it counts. Jaime Moyer‘s victory last night made him the oldest pitcher to win a MLB game. Last night’s win came at the age of 49 years, 150 days old topping the previous record held by Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old. The Rockies won 5-3 and the fact that the win was over the Padres it still counts. Moyer’s next goal: to win a game at an age that is larger than the speed of his fastball. He topped out at 79 MPH last night.
  2. They almost had to paint a new  seat in the Fenway bleachers last night after Josh Hamilton hit a 460+ foot rocket off Mark Melancon in the Rangers 18-3 beat-up of the Red Sox. Jon Lester lasted two+ innings and  allowed seven runs on eight hits and walked four. The Sox are like a bad department store with Kevin Youkilis (o-4 and four whiffs) now hitting a buck seventy six and Melancon toting an ERA of 49.50 (a bargain at half the price).
  3. Johan Santana (0-2) only made it through 1.1 innings before the Braves finished off the Mets ace and went on to a 9-3 win. Santana allowed six runs, four earned. Santana had never gone less than three innings in his previous 265 starts. Oy como va!
  4. Gio Gonzalez picked up his first win in a Nationals uni as Washington topped Wandy Rodriguez and the Hapless Astros, 1-0. Gonzalez went seven innings giving up two hits, two walks and whiffed eight. Rodriguez went seven allowing one run on five hits and no walks. Sweet game.
  5. The Cardinals are minus Chris Carpenter but today they are celebrating rookie Matt Carpenter (no relation) who hit a 10th inning walkoff sac fly as St. Louis edged the Reds, 2-1. It was Carpenter’s 11th RBI of the season.
  6. CC Sabathia picked up his first win last night allowing three runs and four hits in 7.1 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk as the Yankees topped the Twins, 8-3. In case you’re keeping track, not that it mattered, but #4 in the lineup, Alex Rodriguez was 0-4. The Yanks are the only team in baseball still without an RBI from their cleanup hitter.
  7. Playing in their 119th ballpark, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Marlins, 5-2. Ryan Dempster took a no-decision and has not won in his last 12 starts dating back to August 16, 2011. As a reliever Dempster made 61 appearances from 6/9/2006 to 5/5/2007 without a win.  Ozzie Guillen returned after his suspension which leads me to wonder: who misspeaks next Ozzie or Bobby Valentine?
  8. The Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton is 0-for-38 when it come to homers this season, but then again Albert Pujols has not homered in 11 games and 45 at-bats in his new Angels uniform. Daric Barton did hit his first homer in 76 games as Oakland topped the Angels, 5-3.
  9. Last night, the A’s topped Angels 5-3, the Rockies topped the Padres 5-3, the Jays beat the Rays 7-3, the Yankees beat the Twins 8-3, the Braves beat the Mets 9-3, Texas beat the Sox 18-3, Baltimore beat the White Sox 3-2, and Detroit beat KC 3-1. All this means that in eight games last night one team scored three runs.