Jamie Moyer legs out infield single, drives in two runs

David Brown
Big League Stew

Because he is 49 years old, nearly everything that Jamie Moyer does for the Colorado Rockies on a Major League Baseball field seems newsworthy. But any pitcher who manages to drive in two runs with an infield single more than deserves the special attention coming his way.

Moyer legged out a perfectly placed (even if by happenstance) 80-foot hit Wednesday night, evading a diving Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona on his way to first base and benefiting from the head's-up and legs-moving baserunning of Dexter Fowler for his first two RBIs of the season. Moyer also pitched great at Coors Field, allowing a run and six hits over 6 1/3 innings to lead the Rockies to a 6-1 victory.

Take a bow, old dude. And a breath. Take two, even.

It's hard to tell from the video clip because the Rockies TV broadcast paid too much attention to the blond lady in the stands (who I assume is Moyer's wife), but Moyer appeared to get the benefit of the doubt by the umpires on Goldschmidt's tag attempt. And he was lucky his hit dribbled into no-man's land between Goldschmidt and pitcher Patrick Corbin, who hesitated just a bit in committing to covering the bag at the moment of truth. And that Fowler was running hard with two outs (which he should do, but you never know) and was fast enough to make it home. It was actually quite an accidental conspiracy that the play turned out as it did.

After working the count to 2-2, Moyer squirted the ball off the end of his bat.

''I thought it was going to roll foul,'' Moyer said. ''And I feel like I hesitated just a little bit, and then ... as I was running down the line, I saw the pitcher stop and the first baseman, I think he picked it up and he was going to throw it to the pitcher and then he realized the pitcher wasn't (covering the bag).

''So, then it became, I guess, a slow crawl to first base.''

Moyer said he didn't feel Goldschmidt tag him, though slow replays (get it — slow?) reveal that he got brushed with Goldschmidt's mitt before he stepped on first base. But getting the benefit of the doubt happens when everybody hustles.

Fowler said Moyer's the one who should be commended.

''I was more shocked that Moyer beat it out,'' Fowler said. ''The guy was hustling. He was hustling, himself. ... He's a bulldog. The guy never quits.''

Considering that he's been playing in the majors since 1986, quitting is literally the last thing anyone should expect from Moyer. Will he ever?

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