04/26/09 5:35 PM ET
Moyer mastery continues vs. Marlins
Windy conditions help veteran improve to 7-0 in Miami
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
He just does.
The veteran southpaw allowed seven hits, one run and one walk while striking out six in six innings Sunday in a 13-2 victory over Florida at Dolphin Stadium. Moyer is 12-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 13 career starts against the Marlins, and 7-0 with a 1.58 ERA in seven starts against them at their home park.
"The wind," Moyer said, asked why he thought he had success Sunday. "The wind was swirling and would go back out. To me, it was a matter of trying to keep the ball on the ground. The way the wind was blowing today allowed my ball to sink more than it normally does. I tried to take advantage of that and get some ground balls."
Moyer induced three groundouts, but the fly balls that were hit stayed in the ballpark.
Sunday was the first time this season the Phillies hadn't allowed a home run. They had set a Major League record by allowing at least one home run in the first 16 games of the season.
"Woo hoo!" Moyer said. "Now I'll sleep tonight."
Moyer said there is no explanation why the Phillies had allowed a National League-high 34 homers this season.
"You can make good pitches and give up home runs as well as make bad pitches and give up home runs," he said. "These are professional hitters. They're supposed to hit the ball, and they usually hit the ball pretty hard. Sometimes it's being in a hitter's count vs. a pitcher's count. Sometimes it's not making a good pitching, not repeating your pitches. There are a lot of variables in what we're talking about.
"We've hit a lot of home runs, too. We give them up, but we hit them. At home, we're at a ballpark that's conducive to that. I'm not going to worry about it. You guys at home have created whatever you've created with it, and the fans have bought into it. Whatever. You've still got to play and you've still got to play good baseball."
Moyer picked up his 249th career win, which ties him with Vic Willis for 44th place on the all-time list.
Bob Gibson's 251.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.