Wacky walkoffs

And how was your July 4th, Jayson Werth?

Yesterday, fans got their money’s Werth watching him lead his Nats over the Cubs, 5-4 in 10 innings.

  • Werth had a broken-bat single to drive in a run in the 1st.
  • Werth walked and was caught stealing second in the 4th.
  • He threw out Carlos Pena at the plate in the top of the 6th.
  • He grounded out, scoring a run, in the bottom of the 6th.
  • He struck out with two outs and the bases loaded when the score was tied in the 7th.
  • He waked to lead off the 10th and was sacrificed to second.
  • He stole third.
  • He then scored the walkoff run on a Carlos Marmol wild pitch.

Wacky? Yes, indeed. But I’m not Dunn.

In his first season with the White Sox, Adam Dunn has been, how do I put it? Yes, “stinking out the joint.”

Last night, against the Royals he went 2-for-4 to raise his average to a robust .171 (he came into the game with a non-robust .165 average).

However…

In the 8th inning, Dunn hit a two-run homer that gave the ChiSox a 4-3 lead. It was Dunn’s first homer since June 12 against Oakland. It was his eighth of the season and the 362nd of his career, breaking a tie with Joe DiMaggio.

The Royals tied the game in the 9th but in the bottom of the 9th, A.J. Pierzynski pinch-hit a single.

Pierzynski was sacrificed to second and advance to third on a wild pitch by Aaron Crow.

Juan Pierre, pinch-hitting, was intentionally walked and went to second on defensive indifference (I owe you a rant on that) with our guy Adam Dunn at the plate.

Dunn, now had a chance to be a July 4th hero. And with a count of 1-0…Pierzynski became the hero. No, A.J. did not steal home, he just noticed some movement from Crow’s shoulder, brought it to the attention of dugout and umpire Ed Rapuano, who called the walkoff balk.

Oh yes, my friends it was wacky walkoff day.