Top Moment No. 13: Jayson Werth Steals Home

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, January 04, 2010 12:34 PM | Comments: 12
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Jayson Werth Steals HomeTop Moment #13: Jayson Werth steals home against the Dodgers

In the first meeting between the Phillies and Dodgers since the 2008 NLDS, the story focused on whether or not this would be Chan Ho Park’s last start. Rocking an even 6.00 ERA, Chopper had a tendency of coughing up a handful of runs in the first couple innings. In fact, Park would make just one more start five days later before being relegated to the bullpen – where he proved to be much more effective.

Park looked to be right on track as a Juan Pierre lead-off double led to a run before Jimmy Rollins even saw his first pitch. Well actually, Shane Victorino was leading off for the Phillies with JRoll in the five hole as reward for an 0-for-13 slump. This meant that Chase Utley moved up to second followed by Jayson Werth in the third spot.

With the Dodgers up 2-1 in the fourth, Werth snagged the first of four bases he would swipe on the evening on a double steal with Ryan Howard of all people. They both scored along with JRoll in the inning to give the Phils a 4-2 lead – one that Park settled down and protected.

The Phillies received some insurance in dramatic fashion in the seventh inning. After a single and steal of second base, Werth advanced further on another double steal this time with Jimmy Rollins. Standing on third with Pedro Feliz at the plate, Jayson noticed that the Dodgers’ catcher Russel Martin had not so much as glanced down the third-base line. Taking advantage of the absent-mindedness, Werth fled for home after the fifth pitch to the absolute shock of Feliz, Manager Charlie Manuel, the 45,191 in attendance and thousands more watching at home. By the time Dodgers’ pitcher Ronald Belisario got the ball back to Martin, Werth’s slender left leg was already sliding over home plate leaving us all with our mouths on the floor.

Whether you were trying to figure out what just happened, or screaming “waaaaaahahaaa” in pleasure of sticking it to that smug Russell Martin, Werth provided a Phillies moment we won’t soon forget. Nor will the record books as he joined Sherry Magee and Garry Maddox as the only Phillies to steal four bases in a game. Pete Rose was the last one to steal three bases in an inning back in 1980.

After the crowd at Citizens Bank Park thanked Werth with standing ovation, they eventually witnessed the Phillies hold on for a solid 5-3 win.

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  • Posts: 0 Mertle Monk

    He’s a real good boy, that Jayson Werth. I hope he stays a Phillie.

  • Posts: 0 Joepa

    Let’s see Jason Bay or Matt Holliday do that!

  • Posts: 0 Nick

    They cant!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 fuhs

    Pity most of baseball has been too busy with Jacoby Ellsbury to give Werth full credit.

  • Posts: 0 Sarah

    Off topic, but Happy Birthday to Charlie Manuel!

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Really head’s up play only to be offset by getting thrown out at 1st base because of some Jeff Spicoli baserunning during the WS. The best though (if you were watching on TV) was Bowa’s mini-tantrum in the Dodgers dugout after the inning was over.

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Off topic, anyone see the coin Beltre got from the Sox? Pretty sure the Phillies could have ponied up to get him. Would have been perfect here but I guess we can settle for the overpaid Polanco. And then two years down the road when we can’t afford to keep a Cy Young caliber pitcher on board we will all know exactly why.

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Was there for that game. They left off the fact that it was also a dollar dog night!

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    Ed R – I was just about to post on here about that… I said at the time of the Polanco signing that we would regret not waiting things out. Well, this is that day. We signed an older Polanco to a longer deal worth more cumulatively over the next two years than we could have gotten had we waited for Beltre.

    Defense: Beltre > Polanco
    Power: Beltre > Polanco
    Speed: Beltre > Polanco
    Average: Polanco > Beltre
    Contract: Beltre > Polanco

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Ed R. – Yeah, on top of losing the Winter Classic at good old Fenway made it feel even better.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    I was at the game and I saw Werth break for the bag and thought he must be insane! Manuel was none too happy but I agree that Bowa was his usual self (had a better view of the Dodgers dugout).
    Werth takes risks but this was a measured response to an unusual situation. Certainly Martin will not forget it.

  • Posts: 0 Phillygirl17

    I was at Baseball 101 the next day, and Werth was the Phillie that came to talk to the women. He was so overwhelmed because we all gave him a standing ovation. He was also impressed by the knowledge and passion that the female fans in Philly have. Great player. I hope he doesn’t leave…

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