Werth's Walk-Off Homer Creates Classic Moment in Radio

October 12, 2012 - 4:12 PM

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

(CNSNews.com) – Washington Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes created a classic moment in radio on Thursday night when he seemed to predict--just seconds before it happened--that Nats' outfielder Jayson Werth would hit what Slowes later described as a “game-winning, season-saving home run” in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Slowes, the Nationals’ lead radio broadcaster, handled the play-by-play duties, reminding listeners of a Sept. 8 walk-off homer that Werth had 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?”

In that game, Werth hit a walk-off home run to give the Nationals a 7-6 win over the Marlins.

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.”

Slowes called the entire 13-pitch at-bat, as Werth battled off high-90s fastballs and biting curves to battle back from an early 0-2 count, fouling off seven pitches – five in a row – and taking three two-strike balls to work the count to full as the Nationals faced elimination from the playoffs.

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 the two out, 3-2 fastball into the left field bullpen to win the game.