‘Game-Winning, Season-Saving Home Run’ Saves Nationals’ Landmark Season

By Matt Cover | October 12, 2012 | 12:28 PM EDT

Washington Nationals' Jason Werth, number 28,  celebrates with teammates after hitting the winning, bottom-of-the-ninth inning, 2 outs,  homerun against the St. Louis Cardinals, Oct. 11, 2012. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth battled through a 13-pitch at-bat to hit in what local play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes described as a “game-winning, season-saving home run” in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Nationals -- in the first playoff appearance in over 80 years for a Washington baseball team -- beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 to force a decisive game five of their National League Division Championship series when Werth sent a two out, 3-2 fastball into the left field bullpen to win the game.

Slowes not only called the at-bat, but predicted the home run, reminding listeners of a Sept. 8 walk-off homer that Werth hit to beat the Miami Marlins after a two hour rain delay.

“Remember the at-bat after the rain delay, Dave,” Slowes asked co broadcaster Dave Jageler. “Remember what happened, culminating that at-bat? Wouldn’t that be nice?”

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Seconds after bringing up Werth’s September heroics, Slowes gave voice to the thunderous elation of the 44,392 fans who watched as Werth saved the Nationals’ playoff hopes.

“Three balls, two strikes. The pitch, swing and long drive, deep left field, going, going, it’s gone,” Slowes exclaimed. “Goodbye. Game over. It’s a walk-off, game-winning, season-saving home run for Jayson Werth. And the Nationals have won the game 2-1. Unbelievable.”