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Moyer's Worst First Nightmare

Of all the bad playoff innings, Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer may have had the worst in the first inning of Sunday night's rout.

How bad was Moyer's 1 1/3 inning disaster? The 45 year-old lefty gave up six earned runs over the course of the four outs he earned, creating what has to be one of the ugliest ERAs in recent postseason history: 40.50. Amazingly, he had two strikeouts -- both Nomar Garciaparra and Matt Kemp were called out looking -- but he only threw a total of three other strikes before leaving the game.

By the time Moyer was in the dugout, the game was practically over. It may not be the worst first inning in postseason history, but it's got to be close. Kevin Brown's performance in the 2004 ALCS was close, the five runs he gave up in 1 1/3 to the Red Sox setting the stage for the conclusion of Boston's dramatic comeback, but even he wasn't quite as horrible as Moyer.

So where does this leave Moyer in the pantheon of roughed up pitchers? The final picture in the slideshow from Chico's article from last night's game will clearly be the lasting image from Moyer's NLCS start, but he may get a chance at a reprieve: If the series reaches a Game 7, Moyer will get the ball again with everything on the line. Don't look now, but he could be facing Derek Lowe, despite the L.A. ace throwing in Game 4 Monday.

Regardless of outcome, that would provide Moyer the opportunity of a scary bit of symmetry. It was Lowe who beat Brown in 2007's Game 7, and if he wins on Monday, the Dodgers will have gone a long way toward earning him a chance to repeat the feat.

By Cameron Smith  |  October 13, 2008; 1:15 AM ET
Categories:  Dodgers , Phillies  
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