Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth ended Game 4 of the National League Division Series with a dramatic walk-off home run that gave Washington a 2-1 win. The hit kept Washington's dream season alive and forced a Game 5 on Friday.
The game had been a thrilling duel between St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse and Washington hurler Ross Detwiler, and neither team had been able to do much at the plate. Washington's lone run before Werth's blast came on an Adam Laroche solo home run, while St. Louis' run was manufactured from a walk and a sacrifice fly. As Federal Baseball described, Detwiler drew support from the Washington crowd:
The Nationals Park crowd was waving towels and cheering loudly as Detwiler worked Daniel Descalso in the top of the second, with "Let's Go Nats" chants that had the park [literally] rocking. The Cards' second baseman battled Detwiler for 10 pitches with David Freese at first after the St. Louis' third baseman had singled with two down, but the Nats' lefty won the battle with Descalso and completed his second scoreless frame on 19 pitches, after which he was at 30 total in 2.0 IP.
Federal Baseball was blogging throughout the game, and were reduced to caps lock when Werth hit his walk-off shot:
Lance Lynn took over for St. Louis with Werth, Harper and Zimmerman due up in the bottom of the frame. "Let's Go Nats! Let's Go Nats!!" JAYSON WERTH!!! HOME RUN! HOME RUN!!! WALK-OFF WINNER!! THERE'S GONG TO BE A GAME FIVE!!! WERTH WORKS A 13 PITCH AB AND HOMERS TO LEFT! GONE GONE GONE!! NATS WIN!!! NATS WIN!!
There is going to be a Game 5 indeed, Friday night at 7:37 CT.