Werth, Nationals beat up on Blanton

 Posted by at 12:04 pm
Apr 132011
Nationals RF Jayson Werth

Nationals RF Jayson Werth

April 13 Camden Courier-Post:

“The Phillies fans went to Nationals Park primarily to boo Jayson Werth.

They did so every time a fly ball was hit to him in right field, and every time he came to the plate.

It was their way of letting Werth know they didn’t appreciate him leaving the Phillies to sign a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals, even though the Phillies didn’t offer him nearly that much to stay.

Werth, who said he found the booing “kind of funny,” had the last laugh. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer. He knocked in a run and scored two more as his Nationals beat the Phillies 7-4 Tuesday.

“Anytime you hit a home run, it’s satisfying,” he said. “Was it extra special? A little bit. I was just trying to perform well for (Phillies manager) Charlie (Manuel). He hasn’t seen me play in a little bit.”

Phillies fans seemed much more forgiving toward Joe Blanton, who had his second straight bat outing of the season.

Blanton gave up five runs in six innings. He has a 10.45 ERA through two starts, and he’s on his way to a third straight poor start to a season.

Last year, Blanton had a 7.28 ERA through his first eight starts. In 2009, Blanton had a 7.11 ERA through his first eight starts.

Blanton said he’s struggling out of the stretch, just like he did two years ago.

“I’m giving up a lot of hits with runners on, which is never good,” he said. “I’ll make an adjustment there. Physically, the execution is not there out of the stretch.”

Werth and the Nationals took advantage.

“I’m sure he was excited to go against us,” Manuel said of Werth. “He played like that. He was intense. He came out to play.””

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