Phillies win exhibition opener

February 27, 2008 4:42:24 PM PST
Jamie Moyer has been topping younger pitchers for years. Jeremy Affeldt became the latest one. The 45-year-old Moyer threw three scoreless innings and the Philadelphia Phillies scored six runs in the fifth off Cincinnati Reds reliever Gary Majewski in an 8-1 victory Wednesday.

Moyer looked to be in midseason form during the Grapefruit League opener for both teams. The soft-tossing left-hander allowed one hit and struck out three, while the 28-year-old Affeldt gave up one run and three hits in two innings for Cincinnati.

"I was going to throw (a third inning) until they told me to come out," Affeldt said. "Jamie Moyer is twice my age and he went out there to kind of show me up. I don't want to get into trouble, but once I got into trouble I was happy I got out of it. It was fun to get a couple guys on and work out of it."

Affeldt gave up a leadoff double to Ryan Howard leading off the second inning. Pat Burrell followed with a single to left that fought its way through a gusting wind. Geoff Jenkins hit into a double play, but Howard scored easily for the first run of the game.

Meanwhile, Moyer confounded Reds hitters - but no one was more confounded than him.

"I was just hoping to get to my pitch limit," said Moyer, who went 14-12 last season and led the team in innings with 199 1-3. "It's a starting point. I got away with a lot of bad pitches. The strikeout by Ryan Freel (in the third) was a bad pitch. It was up and he should have hit it but those guys are just getting started, too. I won't get away with that pitch real often during the course of the season. I don't like to make those pitches, but it challenges you to make adjustments and find answers how to avoid making those pitches."

New third baseman Pedro Feliz went 2-for-2 with a run-scoring double for Philadelphia.

Greg Dobbs homered for the Phillies, and Adam Rosales connected for Cincinnati.

Phillies LHP Cole Hamels said he has no problem with Brett Myers being picked to start on opening day. "There's a lot of hype that goes with opening day and for myself it's not really a big deal," Hamels said. "I know being 24 years old I have plenty of years. I'm trying to chase after Jamie Moyer. I know eventually I'll get one of those, but for myself, after about three-four starts it doesn't matter anymore because it's every five days. ...

So after a while everyone kind of forgets about it."