WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth saved his longest home run of the year for his former team, in the ballpark where he became a star.
In the first inning of Wednesday’s night’s finale against the Phillies in Philadelphia, Werth slammed a 3-1 pitch from Adam Morgan 453 feet to straight away centerfield.
It was his 20th home run of the season, and came very close to hitting the cameraman positioned above the batter’s eye:
The exit velocity of the hit was 107.2 MPH, making it his seventh-hardest home run of the season. It also continued a dominant first-inning trend, as the Nats scored in the first inning in the fourth consecutive game against Philly this season.
More importantly, it gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead in a game they went on to win 2-1, completing a three-game sweep to end a 20-games-in-20-days stretch at 11-9.