"We might have set a record tonight for the most changeups in a
game," Fogg said Friday night after throwing a two-hitter for his
first major league shutout in the Rockies' 2-0 victory over the
Mariners and Moyer.
The Mariners felt like they were looking in the mirror.
"He pitched a lot like Jamie," Seattle cleanup hitter Raul
Ibanez said of the 29-year-old Fogg, who is 14 years younger than
Moyer. "He throws a little bit harder and he's right-handed, but
he's a lot like Jamie."
The Mariners were shut out for the ninth time, the most in the
American League this season and tied with San Francisco for the
most in the majors. The Rockies recorded their seventh shutout, one
behind San Diego's National League-leading total.
"It's definitely the best I've felt out there," said Fogg,
36-31 in his career. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to pitch in the
postseason in my career, but right now this ranks right at the
The Rockies improved their NL-best interleague record to 10-3
with their third straight victory. The Mariners had a five-game
winning streak snapped and finished June with an 18-8 record that
has thrust them into contention in the AL West.
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said his team's "tremendous"
starting pitching has been the key to its interleague record. The
Rockies have four shutouts in interleague play.
Fogg (6-5) improved to 3-0 in interleague play this season with
his second straight victory and third in four decisions. He struck
out one and faced the minimum 27 batters because his teammates
recorded double plays after Seattle's two singles and one walk.
The Mariners didn't get a runner past first.
It was Fogg's second major league complete game. The first came
Sept. 8, 2003, a 9-1 win for Pittsburgh at Cincinnati. Fogg signed
with the Rockies as a free agent in February after going 6-11 for
the Pirates last season. Fogg's previous longest outing this season
was seven innings.
Fogg said he wasn't thinking about a shutout or a complete game.
"The game's about winning," he said. "I've had some bad
innings this year where games have gotten away from me."
The Rockies had left-handed closer Brian Fuentes warming up in
the ninth inning. Fogg didn't notice.
"I was just trying to focus in getting people out," Fogg said.
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said Fogg pitched "backward."
"He would throw breaking balls when he was ahead in the count
and he would throw a lot of first-pitch strikes," Hargrove said.
The game took 1 hour, 52 minutes, the fastest in Rockies'
history and the quickest in the seven years the Mariners have been
playing at Safeco Field.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead off Moyer (3-7) in the fifth on
Jamey Carroll's RBI single. Hawpe walked, was sacrificed to second
by Yorvit Torrealba and moved to third on Choo Freeman's groundout
before Carroll singled to center.
Hawpe made it 2-0 in the seventh when he homered to straightaway
center. It was his 15th and tied Matt Holliday for the team lead.
Hawpe flied out to center on a changeup from Moyer and walked
before he homered on a first pitch from Moyer.
"I'm sure he was trying to get ahead," Hawpe said. "He's been
playing for quite awhile. I hit it good."
Moyer, who had a two-game winning streak snapped, gave up two
runs and five hits, with four walks, matching his season high, and
four strikeouts. It was his second complete game of the season.
The Mariners have been shut out at home seven times this
season. ... Colorado (0-3) is one of three major league teams that
Moyer has not beaten. The others are Arizona (0-0) and the Chicago
Cubs (0-0). ... Seattle's Adrian Beltre and Kenji Johjima extended
their hitting streaks to 13 and 11 games, respectively. ... The
Rockies have hit 75 homers, 45 on the road. Hawpe has hit 12 homers
on the road.