Two homers no solace for Werth in loss
Right fielder more concerned about Phils' 2-1 Series hole
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth hit two home runs in Game 3 of the World Series, the second one in the sixth a mammoth blast that careened off the facade of the second deck in left field, missing the $1,000,000 sign by about 20 feet.
Had it hit the sign, MasterCard would have donated that amount to Major League Baseball's Stand Up To Cancer intiative and perhaps some good would have come out of Werth's heroics.
As it stands, the homers were merely brief shots of fireworks during an otherwise soggy 8-5 loss that gave the Yankees a 2-1 advantage in the Series. Afterward, Werth was asked if he'd ever had a more hollow two-homer game.
The answer was as brief as the lead his second-inning homer gave the Phillies: "No."
But the curt, one-word reply says a lot about Werth as a player -- the loss, just their second loss in the 13 home postseason games that they've played the past two years, matters far more than the personal accomplishment. Even one as special as joining teammates Chase Utley (2009) and Ryan Howard (2008) and Lenny Dykstra (1993) as the only Phillies to hit two home runs in a World Series game.
No, the important thing was the outcome, and the fact that the Phillies find themselves behind in a postseason series for the first time since they were bounced from the 2007 National League Division Series.
"There's a lot of baseball to be played," Werth said. "We've got two more games here with our fans and the city behind us. We're fine."
When Werth drilled a leadoff homer that sparked a three-run second inning, it looked like the Phillies were going to be just fine. But by the time he damaged Andy Pettitte with another leadoff homer in the sixth, the Yankees had erased their early deficit and their veteran left-hander had regained the control he lacked during the 31-pitch second inning.
"It seemed like he shut us down," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Basically, the biggest thing for Pettitte was he closed off our left-handed hitters. He got our left-handed hitters out."
While these left-handed hitters -- Howard, Utley and Raul Ibanez -- 0-for-9 with six strikeouts against Pettitte, Werth treated the Yankees southpaw in the same manner that he has many of the other pitchers he's faced over the course of the past month.
The impressive blast moved Werth ahead of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who also homered in Game 3, for the most homers hit this postseason. With seven homers, the All-Star outfielder has hit one fewer than the combined totals of Howard, Utley and Shane Victorino.
"I've always said that he's got great power," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "He's doing it at the right time for the world to see."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.