Nationals Reaction: 4-Run 2nd Leads To Win On Werth’s Birthday

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May 20, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (right) celebrates with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (left) after Taylor drove in Ramos on a two run home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (right) celebrates with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (left) after Taylor drove in Ramos on a two run home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 10, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

Werth Has Big Day On His Birthday

Yesterday, Jayson Werth turned 37 years old and had another strong performance. He was one of only two Nats to have a multi-hit game last night along with Anthony Rendon. Since Werth and Rendon switched places in the batting order, the left fielder is 5-for-14 with two doubles and three runs scored.

Werth got the Nationals’ first hit of the night when he singled to left against Nicolino. His other hit of the game came in the eighth when he was able to hit a double past Ozuna in center field. However, those weren’t the highlights of his birthday.

That highlight came on defense in the bottom of the seventh. Adeiny Hechavarria was trying to reach second base, but Werth made a great throw right to the second base bag, where Daniel Murphy was able to tag him out. Miami would challenge the call, but the play stood.

While Werth only has one assist in the outfield, he has yet to make an error in left season as he continues to grow defensively at the position. Plus, as William Ladson of MLB.com tweeted out yesterday during the game, Werth tends to have good games on his birthday:

As we saw last night, Werth has been a success at the top of the order. Last night, he saw 26 pitches in his five at-bats, which was the most of any player in the Nats’ lineup.

Even though he is getting the night off against Fernandez (Chris Heisey gets the start), Werth has still made an impact on offense since Baker moved him to a different spot in the lineup. As for Rendon, he has also had a good four games in Werth’s old spot (8-for-14, four RBI’s).

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