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Top Moment #10: Werth Walks it Off for Lucky No. 7

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, February 07, 2011 06:40 PM | Comments: 5
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It was a mighty fine precursor to a huge series with the Braves in mid-September.

Jayson Werth launched a walk-off two-run home run for the Phillies, as they completed a four-run ninth-inning comeback over the Washington Nationals to win 7-6. Werth’s blast catapulted them to a three-game advantage over Atlanta in the division just before the two teams would meet.

The ninth inning began with three straight base hits (a leadoff single by Placido Polanco, a double by Chase Utley, and a two-run single by Ryan Howard) before Werth sealed the deal off of Nats closer Drew Storen.

Although there was a happy ending here, it didn’t begin that way. The Phillies were forced to rally because of a lacking offense, middle-inning madness from their starter Joe Blanton, and a leaky bullpen.

Blanton would allow three runs in the sixth inning – four all told – on a Mike Morse blast into the seats.  Blanton handed the ball to Danys Baez who got through the seventh, but not without allowing another run, which pushed the Nats lead to 5-3. In the eighth, J.C. Romero got two batters out, and allowed one more run to make it 6-3.

The Phillies managed two runs in the fourth on two singles and a double. They tallied another in the fifth by using small ball: Plaicdo Polanco was hit by a pitch to start and then stole second with two outs. He was brought home by Werth on a single.

In the end, Werth would finish it out, leading into the Braves series on September 20. If you recall, the Phils would sweep them at CBP to take a six game lead in the division. And the rest was history.

(Photo: CSN Philly)

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  • Posts: 13 MissPhillie

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    Cue MissPhillie losing her mind after she got home from work and saw the video replay of this. LOL

    I was wondering when this would show up on the countdown. One of my favorite memories of Jayson from this past year. Man, I’m gonna miss him.

     
  • Posts: 5143 Lefty

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    This is a great one, because when Jason first made contact, it really didn’t seem like it had enough. McCarthy seemed surprised that it went out, but I don’t blame him, I was there and I was surprised too. That ball really carried.

     
  • Posts: 31 Kate

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    I was up in New Hope with some friends.

    We were walking back to the car when I got a phone call from my mother asking if we were watching the game. We just took off and booked it, running back to the car, turned on the radio, and three seconds later, Jayson Werth won the game.

    We couldn’t believe it. We were celebrating, whooping and hollering for five minutes before we took off.

    Truly great.

     
  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    These stories are fantastic. I knew it was a great game and an important one. I just didn’t know everyone was so stoked about it. Very cool.

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    It was fun cause our starter was bad, the two relievers that came after him gave up runs, then we send out Worley in the 9th. And out of nowhere, BAM. We win. Caught all the Werth-doubters by surprise! And Worley got the W. Ha!

     
 
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