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I've been wracking my brain all morning and short of nine straight solo homers, I can't come up with a single-inning sequence that would top Jayson Werth(notes) stealing his way around the bases (VIDEO) in the seventh inning of Tuesday night's 5-3 win over the Dodgers.

It was a rare feat, indeed. Only 49 players in MLB history have stolen all three bases in the same inning — only nine since 1942 have thieved in such a manner — and the last Phillie to do it was Pete Rose in 1980. Considering that Werth only stole 20 bases in 2008 and that Philadelphia only had 12 stolen bases coming into the game, it becomes an even more impressive rarity, like going to a game and not seeing Ryan Howard(notes) strike out.

Sure, Werth could have moved his way around the bases via walks as the Dodgers bullpen struggled (a fact that Sooze points out), but that doesn't dampen my appreciation of the achievement one bit. Today, we not only know Werth for being the outfielder with the funky facial hair or for once having a solid case to be last year's World Series MVP, but for putting his stamp on what would have been an otherwise forgettable early season game.

Says Fernando Tatis(notes): "Not bad!"  

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