Moore credits calm clubhouse after debut

Left-hander allows two runs in six innings, as Giants win in extras

Moore credits calm clubhouse after debut

PHILADELPHIA -- After contributing significantly to the Giants' 3-2 victory Thursday over the Philadelphia Phillies, Matt Moore was asked about his initial impressions of his new teammates.

"I get the vibe that something good's always right about to happen," Moore said. "[Based on] some of the conversations the last few days with some of the everyday guys, they know it's going to happen. I don't see that panic or some kind of urgency."

Of course the Giants weren't alarmed. They were merely waiting for Moore to pitch.

Acquired from the Rays shortly before last Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to deepen San Francisco's starting rotation, Moore demonstrated his considerable skill in his first start with the Giants. He allowed two runs on three hits and walked six in six innings, employing a fastball that reached 96 mph and breaking pitches that surprised even some of his new teammates.

"I didn't realize his curveball was that good," Giants center fielder Denard Span said.

Moore wasn't breathtakingly dominant. He walked two of the first four batters he faced and yielded Aaron Altherr's RBI double in the first inning. The 27-year-old found a solution, though: be himself on the mound.

"I calmed myself down and got back to some simple things," he said.

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The southpaw regained enough of his fastball command to muzzle the Phillies.

"I get a lot more good looks at my breaking pitch and changeup if I'm aggressive in the zone with my fastball," Moore said. "That also helps me not to have to throw those pitches in the zone as much."

While Moore's lively stuff puzzled many Phillies hitters, he also lacked control at times with his six walks.

"I've got to do a better job of getting ahead [in the count]," he said.

However, Giants manager Bruce Bochy wasn't concerned.

"It wasn't like he was wild wild," Bochy said.

Moore, who rarely batted as a member of an AL team, even laid down an effective sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning that set up Span's sacrifice fly.

"I surprised myself a little bit," Moore said.

After a quality debut, the Giants might not be surprised by anything he accomplishes.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.