Jayson Werth came to Citizens Bank park this morning to get ready to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. The same Dodgers that gave up on Werth at the end of the 2006 season, which he spent on the DL, nursing a wrist injury. Tonight, Werth stole second, stole third, and then stole home against his former team.
It all started in the seventh inning, when Werth reached on a single to left field. He then swiped second base while Jimmy Rollins, who hit fifth tonight, batted. With the base open, Rollins was given the intentional walk. Raul Ibanez then stepped into the box and Werth stole third base. After walking Ibanez, Will Ohman was lifted from the ballgame and replaced by Ronald Belisario. With Belisario pitching and Russell Martin catching, Werth continued a walking lead down the line after the pitch. Martin didn’t look and lobbed the ball back to Belisario. As soon as werth saw the light between the ball and Werth’s hands, he broke for home, completing the first straight steal of home for a Phillie since Carlos Ruiz did it on the back-end of a double steal in 2007. It was the first time a Phillie stole second, third, and home in succesion since Garry Maddox did it in 1978. So, take that, LA, for giving up on him.
And oh yeah, Chan Ho Park went six strong innings, allowing two runs and picking up the win, his first of the year, earning himself another start. Brad Lidge then picked up the save, after allowing a run, to complete a solid win for the Phils– 5-3 over the Dodgers.
Tomorrow, the Phils will take on their former teammate Randy Wolf. Wolf will be countered by the struggling Jamie Moyer. Game time is 7:05 from Citizens Bank Park.