October 22, 2010
Between Roy Halladay's groin, the Giants' defensive ineptitude, the shutdown tactics of Ryan Madson(notes) and Brad Lidge(notes) and the crazy hat lady, it was easy to overlook Jayson Werth's(notes) contributions to Philly's NLCS Game 5 win on Thursday night.
But with a performance that agent Scott Boras is sure to run with and hype this winter, the Philadelphia Phillies right fielder showed potential free-agent suitors exactly what he's capable of.
More importantly, Werth helped ensure he'll play at least one more game before the Phillies fans, who will miss both his offense and defense when they likely lose him to the highest bidder this offseason.
Asked if the thought ever entered his head Thursday that it could be his last game in a Phillies uniform, Werth said: "No. No. Thanks for reminding me."
Even if the Phillies had fallen, Werth still would have turned in two of the day's best plays.
In the fourth inning, his strong throw nailed Cody Ross(notes) at third after the Giant made an ill-advised attempt to tag up on a fly ball with two outs. The play ended the inning and made another huge impact in that it prevented San Francisco from turning over its lineup. (Roy Halladay(notes) would've likely walked Juan Uribe(notes) to get to pitcher Tim Lincecum(notes) for the third out.)
In the top of the ninth, Werth hit a strong-handed insurance home run onto AT&T Park's right-field arcade wall, becoming only the third right-handed batter to do that this season. The oppo blast also gave him 13 postseason homers for his career, tying him with Albert Pujols(notes), Chipper Jones(notes) and Jim Edmonds(notes) for the most in NL history.
Werth is now hitting 4-for-16 this series with a double, two homers and four RBIs. If the Phillies are to pull off this comeback, he'll have to continue being a big factor back at Citizens Bank Park this weekend.