2009: A Werth Odyssey

Jayson Werth had quite an interesting game tonight, and not all in a good way.  The odyssey in the outfield began with a few leaping and diving catches in right field which Werth made look easy.  But then in the 4th inning, Werth lost his mind a bit at the plate.  After Matt Garza of the Rays walked the bases loaded with NO outs, Werth stepped in and swung at the first pitch.  He hit into a 5-2-3 double play which left the Phillies scoreless in the inning.

When the opposing pitcher walks 3 batters in a row and begins to unravel, why do you swing at the first pitch?  That should not happen.  Garza’s jugular was exposed; he was shaking in his boots.  That is the time to go in for the kill.  And in this instance, the kill should have been to take at least one strike to put pressure on the pitcher.  Instead, Werth made everyone wonder what planet he thought he was playing on by hitting a short ground ball to 3rd on the first pitch.  And in one swing of the bat, Werth settled Garza back into his rhythm and gave momentum to the Rays.


Werth space.jpgBut the alien adventure did not end there; in the 6th, Werth missed a ball hit to right field that he probably should have caught.  But, in keeping with the weird and wacky theme of the day, Carl Crawford tried to stretch the double into a triple and, due to poor base running, he was tagged out at third by Pedro Feliz.

And still, Werth was not finished.  In the 7th, Werth hit a line drive to right field which just barely stayed fair and exited the yard inches beyond the foul pole for a solo homer to bring the Phillies within 1 run.  Never a dull moment…

In fact, Joe Blanton was one of the few players who had a relatively “normal” day; he went 7 solid innings, giving up only a 2-run homer to our old pal, Pat Burrell.  Aside from that long ball, Blanton was in control all night. 

However, the stability would end there.  JC Romero came in for the 8th and gave up a single.  But then Romero got a good double play ball, giving him 2 outs in the inning.  What happens next?  He hits a batter and then walks the next one to load the bases.  Chan Ho Park had to come into the game to try to get the 3rd out.  Park got Burrell to hit a weak ground ball to Jimmy Rollins, but Rollins took his time and underhanded to Chase Utley at 2nd instead of tossing Burrell out at first and the runner was called safe – a run scored instead of ending the inning.  Yikes!  The next batter hit a pop-up that landed in no man’s land, scoring 2 more runs.  Double yikes!  Another 2 runs scored on a single after that.  Dare I say it?… Triple yikes!

And that pretty much put the nail in the coffin for the Phillies who went down to the Rays by a score of 7-1.  It was a huge waste of a great pitching performance from Blanton.  Mistakes and mental errors turned this odyssey into an alien disaster of epic proportions.

Werth photo by Jenn

 

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5 Comments

Ouch! That was a tough lose! The mental errors can really add up.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Maybe they were just tired from pounding out all those runs the other night… or tired from the newfound fame that comes with being highlighted in your own MLB Network reality show? They’ll come around. Meanwhile, the NL East is WAY up for grabs.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Doesn’t it make you scratch your head when a player swings at the first pitch after the pitcher has just walked somebody (or more than one somebody)? Maybe they think they’ll get a good pitch to hit, but why not take one? Aaargh.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jenn, have you added something to your blog that wasn’t there before? Yours is the only one that keeps making my browser crash; this has only been within the past week or so.
The Phillies are really pissing me off, by the way. As usual, they explode for 10 runs in the first game against the Rays, and then can only muster a measly one run the next night. Drives…me…crazy!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

that is a great picture haha.

I just got my mlblog up and running if anyone wants to check it out, I’ve had some real good feedback so far and posted a few decent articles I’ve been lucky enough to have published in a newspaper. http://payoffpitch.mlblogs.com/

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