Looking back on a couple crazy games and Moyer’s history vs. Braves
As the Braves were moving toward Friday night’s 11-inning win over the Rockies, it was easy to draw comparisons to Wednesday’s 11-inning victory over the Phillies. Atlanta overcame a deficit of at least five runs in both of these games that were decided by two-run home runs.
Chad Durbin was credited with both victories and the Braves notched 19 hits in both games.
But the eerie similarity was realized when the official scorer announced Friday night’s game had lasted exactly four hours, just like Wednesday’s win.
There have a number of crazy numbers and facts created over the past few days. My favorite is that the Braves outhit the Rockies 19-4 after Friday night’s first inning and still had to go 11 innings to get the win.
“That’s kind of scary,” Chipper Jones said when informed of this fact.
The Braves certainly conquered a higher degree of difficulty on Wednesday, when they overcame a six-run deficit against Roy Halladay and then the four-run deficit they were facing in the eighth inning. But the Braves experienced a bit of rarity on Friday night, when they spotted the Rockies a 5-0 first inning lead and then took advantage of Coors Field’s offensively-friendly environment.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night marked the first time in more than 20 years that the Braves won a game after encountering a five-run, first-inning deficit. The Braves had not done this since overcoming the six-run first inning deficit Charlie Leibrandt created on Oct. 1, 1991. Four days later, they celebrated the first of their 14 consecutive division titles.
Like Freddie Freeman enjoyed a four-hit game in the three hole on Friday night, Terry Pendleton notched four hits while batting third in that game that was played in Cincinnati more than 20 years ago. And like Eric Hinske decided Friday night’s game with a two-run homer, David Justice also ended that memorable game in his hometown region with a two-run blast.
Odds and ends about Moyer: With Mike Minor set to oppose Jamie Moyer in tonight’s game at Coors Field, let’s look at a few fun facts about the Rockies’ 49-year-old pitcher.
- Moyer was 19-19 with a 5.09 ERA in the 51 appearances (49 starts) he had made before Minor was born.
- He made his Major League debut (June 16, 1986) before nine members of the Braves’ current 25-man roster were born. This includes four members of Atlanta’s five-man rotation. Those nine are Tyler Pastornicky, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Craig Kimbrel, Randall Delgado, Tommy Hanson and Minor.
- Moyer is older than Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and bullpen coach Eddie Perez
- Moyer’s first appearance against the Braves was made on May 23, 1987. The first batter he faced that day was Andres Thomas.
- Moyer was 3-8 with a 5.42 ERA in the 12 appearances (11 starts) he made against the Braves before his 45th birthday. He is 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA in the seven appearances (six starts) that have followed against Atlanta.
A look at how a couple of the Braves coaches fared against Moyer during their playing days:
Terry Pendleton 4-for-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Scott Fletcher 1-for-7 , 1 BB, 1 K
Eddie Perez and Greg Walker did not face Moyer
Martin Prado was under the weather on Friday night. But he certainly has reason to feel better today. He has batted .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles and three home runs against Moyer.
Freddie Freeman has never faced Moyer. But as long as Moyer is wearing that Rockies jersey, Freeman has reason to be confident. The 22-year-old first baseman has batted .474 with seven home runs and a 1.644 OPS in his first 38 at-bats against Colorado. He set a career high with his four-hit performance on Friday night.
Speaking of four-hit performances, Eric Hinske now has two within the past five days. Before this week, Hinske had notched this career-best total since 2004. He has 10 hits in his past 15 at-bats.