Sunday, September 19, 2010
2010 Topps 206 #285 Jayson Werth
Game 150 - Sunday Afternoon, September 19th in Philadelphia
Poor Brian Schneider. If not for Joe Blanton coughing up the lead in the 6th and Jayson Werth's dramatic walk-off homer in the 9th, he'd be the featured baseball card in today's post. Instead, he'll just have to be happy with his 3 for 4 performance and his 2-run double in the 4th to give the Phils a temporary lead.
Just when it seemed as if the Phillies' lead in the NL East was about to drop to 2 games, the Phillies scored 4 times in the bottom of the 9th to win their 6th in a row and keep the Braves 3 back. Nationals' closer Drew Storen entered the inning with a 3-run lead and he exited the inning having not recorded an out. Placido Polanco singled to open the inning and Chase Utley followed with a double. Ryan Howard singled them both home to cut the deficit to a single run. With a full count, on the 8th pitch of the at-bat, Werth drilled a 94-mph fastball just over the wall in the deepest part of center field. He circled the bases, tossed his helmet as he approached home, and jumped into a throng of his waiting teammates.
It was a huge win as the Braves had already won their game against the hapless Mets and they're now on their way to Philly to open a 3-game set. With 12 games to play, the Magic Number is now down to 10. Go Phils!
Lost in the Shuffle: Werth's heroics gave Vance Worley his first Major League win. Shane Victorino was ejected in the 6th for throwing his helmet and bat after being called out on a check swing.