7/15 Extra bases
We all know Philadelphia’s Jamie Moyer doesn’t throw the ball very hard, so when he plunked Tyler Colvin and then Marlon Byrd in the first inning on Thursday, neither was running for an ice pack.
“Marlon Byrd, I was just trying to throw a ball down and in, and I pulled it and it hit him in the thigh,” Moyer said. “He walks to first base and laughs.”
Some other notes from Thursday’s 12-6 win over the Phillies:
* Aramis Ramirez hit a pair of two-run doubles. He’s now batting .350 (21-for-60) with five doubles, a triple, five homers and 14 RBIs in his last 15 games, dating to June 26. The four RBIs matched his season high. He looked upset after popping up in the eighth with two on.
“When you have a night like tonight, you want to take advantage of it,” Ramirez said.
* Derrek Lee had three hits, including a two-run homer, his first since June 18. Alfonso Soriano hit his team-leading 16th home run. He hit 20 homers total in 2009.
* Ryan Dempster picked up his 13th quality start, tied with teammate Carlos Silva for most on the team. Dempster has thrown six or more innings in 17 of his 19 starts. He’s five strikeouts away from 1,500 in his career.
“I was able to pound the strike zone and try to get ahead of as many hitters and be aggressive,” Dempster said. “They’re a very good hitting team and the last thing you want to do is let them get in hitters counts.”
* Setting the record straight: Silva was not around post-game on Sunday when the Cubs lost, 7-0, to the Dodgers. He was ejected in the second inning and had left the ballpark before the media had a chance to talk to him. He left because his daughter was ill and he wanted to be with his family.
– Carrie Muskat