A day after getting hit by a pitch in the left wrist, Jayson Werth texted manager Davey Johnson asking him to keep him in the lineup on Sunday. Werth wanted to play, even though he was hurting and flailing at the plate - he'd had four hits in his last 32 at-bats, and was getting booed through much of Sunday's loss to the Pirates.
Those boos continued on Sunday, as Werth struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a tie game against the Cubs.
But these Nationals have been all about finding ways to win even when they're not hitting, and they did it again on Monday. They scored the game-tying run in the seventh with only an infield single, and in the 10th inning, they needed only a walk, a sacrifice bunt (from Livan Hernandez, their second pitcher to pinch hit in the game), a stolen base and a wild pitch. It was Werth who came racing home for the deciding run in a 5-4 Nationals win.
The Nationals are back to .500, and have won on a walk-off play four times in their last eight games. More from the clubhouse shortly.