Werth made is first plate appearance in the top of the first. It was a mix of cheers and boos. But the boos were there, and there were a lot of them. Personally, i'd boo while clapping. Not fair? Let me explain myself then. First off, you have to cheer for the guy for the 2008 World Series. He was a vital part of that season and even the next in getting us back to the fall classic. But there should also be boos. The Phillies offered him a pretty sizable arbitration deal, and he passed on it. Then of course, the he went to the Nationals with the money they freed up with letting players like Adam Dunn go. Then the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, and needless to say, Jayson had a "oh s@#!" moment, realizing that he was a Washington National (pretty much an Expo), and decided to fire at Philly, saying that they could have had both him and Lee. Well you're right Jayson, remember that arbitration deal?
Cole was the real star of the night, He wasnt finished hitting after his 3rd inning triple. In the bottom of the 8th, Charlie sent him out to hit, which signaled that he was going to get a chance at the complete game the next inning. He lined a 96 mph offering into left field, really showing that he was locked in and focused. His pitching wasnt too shabby either. Cole finished with a complete game, giving up 5 hits, walking one and striking out 6. He only made one mistake by serving up a solo home run to Nats left fielder Matt Morse. Other than that Cole was flawless. The best pitching performance he has had all year. He brought his ERA down to 2.66 on the year and improved his record to (4-1). Making the first start debacle against the Mets almost unnoticeable on his statistics. Werth ended up going 0-3 on the night, including a strikeout in the 9th inning where Cole made him look foolish. Werth's season average is now at .226.
Highlight of the Night: Watching Todd Coffey run in from the bullpen. If you have never seen this, I hope he pitches either tonight or tomorrow so you can see what I am talking about. He starts by taking slow deliberate steps down the steps from the visitor's bullpen. As soon has he steps on to the warning track, he shifts into high gear and sprints as if someone is holding a ham attached to a fishing rod just in front of him. Todd is not the most slender pitcher in the world, and maybe he should sprint like that more often. Call me mean but I found those few moments it took him to run to the mound absolutely hilarious.
*And of course, Raul Ibanez snapped his 0-35 streak last night with not one, but 2 hits, both doubles. Let's see if he can keep this up.
Around the League
Last night Francisco Liriano threw this season's first no hitter. He walked 6 and struck out 2. At first glance it is not that impressive, because the White Sox and Twins as well as Liriano are struggling. Liriano was almost sent to the bullpen after several lackluster starts to begin the season. This should cement his role as a starter for a few more weeks. Congratulations to him, as well as the defense behind him. who made some spectacular plays.
Dodgers' Andre Ethier extended his Major League leading hit streak to 29 games. Even with Ethier producing, the Dodgers are still under .500, proving that it takes more than one hot bat to win games.
The Cleveland Indians now hold the best record in baseball (20-8) and sit a top the AL Central. And who is that in second place? the Kansas City Royals, (16-13). Two teams that were predicted to remain at the bottom of the division for the year. We'll see if the Indians can keep this up, and if more people can start going to games, they are still dead last in attendance.