Sunday, September 19, 2010

2010 Topps 206 #285 Jayson Werth

Phillies 7, Nationals 6
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.

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