Oct. 1, 2007
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's baseball great Jamie Moyer earned the victory as the Philadelphia Phillies won their first National League East title in 14 years on Sunday with a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Coupled with the New York Mets falling to the Florida Marlins, 8-1, the Phillies finished the season one game ahead of the Mets after trailing by seven with just 17 games remaining.
"This is what you lay in bed dreaming about as a kid," Moyer told reporters in the Phillies' clubhouse after the game, as quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Moyer grew up in Souderton, PA, and pitched for the Hawks from 1982 to 1984. He holds the all-time single season strikeout record on Hawk Hill, fanning 90 hitters in 1984. He is also third all-time with a career earned run average of 1.99. His 16 wins also tie him for third in program history. Moyer was inducted into the Saint Joseph's Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and the SJU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999. Both times he was a member of the inaugural class of inductees.
Moyer began his professional career in Chicago as a sixth-round draft pick of the Cubs. He has also pitched for the Rangers, Cardinals, Orioles, Red Sox, and the Mariners before joining the Phillies in a late-season trade in 2006. He has amassed 230 victories over the course of his 22 seasons in the majors, ranking him 59th in major league history.
In the clinching game, Moyer worked five-and-a-third innings, surrendering just five hits and an unearned run while striking out six and walking none. He left in the sixth inning to a standing ovation from the home fans.
Moyer is expected to start either Game 3 or Game 4 for the Phillies this weekend, either in San Diego or Denver.
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