Werth has big hit against Phillies

By Bill Ladson

PHILADELPHIA — Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth had arguably the biggest hit in Friday’s 9-1 victory over the Phillies.

In the first inning, Washington already had a 1-0 lead when Werth swung at a pitch from right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and doubled to left-center, scoring Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy.  Werth ended up going 2-for-5. Maybe it helped that Werth was given a day off on Thursday against the Braves.

“Jay looked like a young man today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Yesterday, he said he treated his body with massages. Whatever he did yesterday, it worked today.”

Werth wasn’t so sure if the day-off helped him have a productive day against Philadelphia.

“I felt pretty good,” Werth said. “Dusty is trying to keep everybody fresh in April. I’ll take off-days when I can get them, especially early in the season. As the season goes on, there are going to be fewer and fewer off days.”

 

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