Jamie Moyer pitched four spotless innings with four strikeouts and Michael Cuddyer hit his first home run of the spring as the Rockies beat the Giants, 7-0, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Thursday night.
Moyer, throwing in a Cactus League game for the first time since Mach 11 because he needed time to rest a sore left leg, used just 45 pitches -- 30 of which were strikes. A non-roster invitee, Moyer, 49, is trying to return to the Majors after missing a year and a half because of elbow surgery.
Moyer's hardly locked up the fifth rotation slot; he just hasn't pitched enough innings this spring for that. But according to Troy Renck, Moyer's now the leading candidate, ahead of Tyler Chatwood and Guillermo Moscoso.
I'm still not convinced this is a good idea, considering a) how Moyer pitched in 2010, and b) Coors Field. But of course, it's impossible to help pulling for him to pitch again in the majors, and pitch well.