First thing you notice about young Diamondbacks righty Max Scherzer isn't his 95-98 mile an hour fastball. It's his eyes. They are different colors. He has a condition known as heterochromia. I don't want to flirt with copyright violations, so I won't put the picture on here that the New York Times ran a couple years ago. But go to Google Images and google Max Scherzer. It's pretty cool.
That said, the kid's stuff is pretty nasty. But he's still working on learning how to pitch in the bigs. Exhibit A: Jamie Moyer, whose fastball was clocked around 82 for most of the night, picked up the win and allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits as the Phils took the series opener from the team with major league baseball's best record.
My game story tomorrow deals mostly with Moyer's performance, but equally as impressive was the way the Phillies line-up backed him up. Seven of the nine starters - including Moyer himself - had at least two hits. Chase Utley improved his batting average to .362 by going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Shane Victorino, Eric Bruntlett, Carlos Ruiz and Pedro Feliz -- all of whom entered batting under .250 -- had multiple hits. Ruiz and right fielder Geoff Jenkins both had three.
The Phillies didn't hit a home run for the first time in what feels like forever.
I'll leave it at that, because I don't feel like looking it up right now.
Other notes: Kris Benson continues to work toward getting back on the mound. He's strengthening his groin right now (insert obligatory groin joke here) and throwing long toss, but it's too early to tell when he'll be back on the mound.