Last night goes down as one of the great nights in the Washington Nationals history. Following 9 innings of 1 run (unearned) pitching by Ross Detwiler, Jordan Zimmermann, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen, Jayson Werth led off the top of the 9th inning. The outfielder, oft-maligned for his enormous contract, faced 12 Lance Lynn pitches – 10 after taking the first 2 for called strikes and worked a full
count. A fascinating stat:
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) October 12, 2012
Prior to the 13th pitch, Charlie Slowes hinted to his partner Dave Jageler that Werth had been in this sort of situation before.
Werth’s home run was the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The
Slowes call on the Washington Nationals Radio Network summoned the home run (DC Sports Bog, The Post. ) is required listening – Slowes saw it coming.
Werth’s homer created pandemonium at WWN headquarters. The four year old resident — the same one who wanted to “play baseball” before the game and wound up pitching a hollow plastic ball to his father (holding his son’s hollow plastic bat) for a little bit was bouncing around yelling “THEY WON!”
Throughout the day, few Nats fans made the effort to conceal their anxiety following yesterday’s 12-4 beat-down. Elation prevailed as the series would be extended to the full five games.
It would not have gotten that far without the performance of Detwiler’s career, to date. The Missouri native pitched 6 innings with no earned runs and more pitches than he had ever thrown as a major leaguer. Zimmermann made his first relief appearance since his days at A-Carolina League Potomac and struck out three, hitting 97 m.p.h. Clippard struck out three and walked one. Storen pitched in danger a little bit, but Ian Desmond, atoning for the earlier error that contributed to the Cardinals one run, made a running, back-handed overhead catch in left field to end the ninth inning.
The Nats prevailed on two solo home runs — a runner never reached scoring position. While unorthodox, that proved an effective way to deal with awful hitting with runners in scoring position during this series. Kyle Loshe pitched well for St. Louis and has nothing to show for it but some attaboys in the dugout.
The series concludes tomorrow with Gio Gonzalez facing Adam Wainwright for a trip to the NLCS to face the San Francisco Giants who came back from 2-0 to win 3 straight on the road to eliminate the Cincinnati Reds.
DOES THE CREDIT GO TO “THE MAN IN THE DUGOUT, NOT ON THE 25-MAN ROSTER?
Mark DeRosa, who is not on the 25 man roster, but still with the team, read aloud the famous “Man in the Arena” speech. He closed it by saying, “do you know how said that? Teddy expletive deleted Roosevelt.
ADAM KILGORE WITH A GREAT DEADLINE RECAP
MARK ZUCKERMAN WITH THE HISTORICAL ANGLE
Nats live to see another day – CSN Washington
And play again the Nationals will. They’ll be right back on South Capitol Street at 8:37 p.m. Friday for a winner-take-all Game 5 of what has become a remarkable series between one young ballclub that posted the sport’s best regular-season record and a veteran-laden squad trying to retain its World Series crown.
And they’ll do it in front of another sellout crowd that experienced more dizzying highs and terrifying lows over 2 hours and 55 minutes Thursday — not to mention over the last five days — than three generations of Washington baseball fans ever hoped to realize.
JOE POSNANSKI WRITES ABOUT FEARLESS LEADER
Davey – Joe Blogs
THE FIRST DRAFT
— Jay Williams (@jaybeas) October 12, 2012
“We get to play tomorrow. That’s the best part.” — Jayson Werth
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 11, 2012
Werth: “When I signed here, my 1st day here, I went to a Capitals game… Somebody said, ‘just a few short years ago, this place was empty.”
— Chase Hughes (@chasehughes) October 12, 2012
Jayson Werth is one of the all-time great human beings. #Nats
— Tom Jackman (@stateofnova) October 11, 2012
My favorite part of Werth’s bolt was how every person in that park stayed, continued to go nuts & didn’t stop. Electric & Incredible.
— danny rouhier (@funnydanny) October 12, 2012
— Josh C. (@joshcvt) October 11, 2012
28 GMs: “What the F***, Cards?!” #nats
— Tracy Tran (@tracytran) October 11, 2012
— Luigi de Guzman (@ouij) October 12, 2012
Video: Chicken sacrifice precedes Nats Game 4 victory: After suffering blowout losses in games 2 and 3 of the Na… bit.ly/TE3erM
— Let Teddy Win! (@LetTeddyWin) October 12, 2012
Just letting everyone know my wife, @stefmcguire, called that Jayson Werth walk-off home run.
— Kevin McGuire (@krmcguire) October 11, 2012
A little disappointed in my fellow Phillies fans that I never saw a “WerthQuake” in his 4 years here. #Natitude
— Stefanie McGuire (@stefmcguire) October 11, 2012
This feels like ‘09 all over again. Except not really.
— Phillies Nation (@philliesnation) October 11, 2012
My wife asked to wear my Nats jersey to work today. She wants to go to tonight’s game, so if you have a pair of tickets, let me know.
I’m still nervous…