Jayson Werth fouled a fastball off his front foot and crumbled to the ground in obvious pain in his second inning at bat in West Palm Beach, FL’s Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Werth got up, dusted himself off and then tore into a 2-2 fastball from Miami Marlins’ starter Scott Copeland, sending a no-doubter of a line drive onto the outfield grass in left-center for a two-run shot.
Werth’s second home run in Grapefruit League action this Spring drove in the only two runs the Washington Nationals scored, however, in what ended up a 4-2 loss to Miami’s Marlins.
Here’s how it happened:
• Jacob Turner, who’s competing for a spot in the bullpen, didn’t get off to a great start tonight. He was sitting around 96 with his fastball, but he gave up a one-out single, walk and two-run double in quick succession in the first, and Matt den Dekker, who hit the double, stole third in the at bat that followed it, and scored when the throw from Jose Lobaton got by Wilmer Difo. Marlins up 3-0 after one.
• Jayson Werth got angry at himself after fouling a 2-1 fastball from Scott Copeland off his front foot, but he made the (or a) ball pay for it on the next offering from the Marlins’ right-hander, lining a two-run shot out to left field on an 89 mph 2-2 pitch to get the Nationals on the board, down 3-2. Werth’s second of the Spring.
We call this one "Anatomy of a Werthquake." #Nats pic.twitter.com/6AlI8KaOGT— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 28, 2017
• Trea Turner made an all-out diving play and strong throw to get Christian Yelich for out No. 3 of the Marlins’ half of the third. Who was worried about Trea’s arm?
Can ... can we just start the season right now? #Nats pic.twitter.com/FWnWggg756— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 28, 2017
• Jacob Turner was up to eleven-straight Marlins set down and 65 pitches on the night after he retired the side in order in the top of the fourth.
• Turner’s Line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks, 65 P, 6/3 GO/FO.
• Kelvin Marte hit a broken-bat double by the first base line with two down in the fifth and Jeremy Guthrie on the mound for the Nationals, but he was stranded when Adeiny Hechavarria sent a fly to left to end the top of the inning.
Guthrie came back out with a quick, 1-2-3 sixth for two scoreless overall.
• Guthrie gave up a leadoff double to left-center by National Tyler Moore, who scored two outs later on an RBI double by Peter Mooney that put the Marlins up by two, 4-2.
• Sammy Solis took the mound in the top of the ninth inning and worked around a two-out single in a 13-pitch frame.
Final Score: 4-2 Marlins.