Before we move on to Game 2, let’s take another moment to admire Jayson Werth’s Game 1 catch. This came before Ryan Mattheus’s bullpen heroics, before Tyler Moore hit the first game-winning playoff knock for D.C. baseball in 79 years, before Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen went with the classic Clip-and-Save.
Some fans argued that Daniel Descalso’s deep knock to right field in the bottom of the sixth was never going to clear the wall, and that it was just the momentum from Werth’s arm that put the ball over the top of the fence. And maybe so. Either way, St. Louis was scoring at least one run if Werth doesn’t come down with this ball.
“I remember being like, ‘Oh, there it is!’ ” Werth said. “Everything happened at the last second….I’m telling you, if I didn’t go in the shadow, I don’t know if I catch the ball.”