Results tagged ‘ Jamie Moyer ’

7/15 Castro's good luck charm

The Cubs’ biggest run Thursday came in the second without the benefit of a hit. Rookie Starlin Castro tripled with one out and stole home on a suicide squeeze as Ryan Dempster squared to bunt. Phillies starter Jamie Moyer bounced the pitch in and it got away from catcher Carlos Ruiz long enough for Castro to score to go ahead, 3-2. He’s the first Cubs player to record a straight steal of home since April 13, 1996, when Brian McRae did so in first inning at San Francisco.

Lou Piniella admitted he’s never called for a suicide that early in a game.

“It wasn’t a hunch,” he said. “We figured we’d try a few things different. No, I never have [called it in the second]. Hopefully, I never will again.”

Dempster is a good bunter but Moyer didn’t give him a good pitch to hit.

“It’s hard to bunt a ball out of the batter’s box that bounces in,” Dempster said. “I need to take a page out of Vladimir Guerrero’s book. I tried to throw my bat at it and hopefuly hit it and it was nowhere to be seen. Good job by Castro.”

As for Castro, he missed hitting for the cycle by a home run as he also singled in the sixth and doubled in the seventh. The 20-year-old shortstop’s parents, sister and brother are in town from the Dominican Republic, arriving after the All-Star break. They may stay for the entire season if he gets three hits a game.

“They bring good luck,” Castro said.

— Carrie Muskat

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


7/15 Lou on Jamie Moyer

Jamie Moyer, who started Thursday for the Phillies vs. the Cubs, played for Lou Piniella in Seattle.

“He stays in great shape plus he’s very intelligent on the mound,” Piniella said of the lefty. “He can get you out in a variety of ways. To his credit at 46, he’s stayed healthy and he’s refined his pitching style. I don’t think anybody does it better than Jamie as far as not getting you out with velocity [but being able to change] speeds and locations. He’s a pro’s pro.”

— Carrie Muskat