Jayson Werth has been one of the hottest hitters in August, batting an MLB-best .464 entering play today, but Tuesday night he didn't exactly write the "how-to" on sliding into second.
With one out in the top of the 6th inning, Tyler Moore hit a grounder into the hole at shortstop. Ryan Zimmerman, who doubled to lead off the inning, scored from third while Starlin Castro backhanded the ball and through off-balance to Darwin Barney at second. Knowing the double play was out of the equation, Barney stretched to get the force at second.
Only Werth, who singled to move Zimmerman to third, wasn't expecting a close play at second and, thus, wasn't running all that hard or thinking about sliding into second.
As Barney bobbled Castro's low throw, Werth realized he had a chance to make it to second...only he was caught in between lunging toward the bag and sliding, resulting in him toppling over his own feet and into no-man's land.
Barney applied the tag, resulting in a fielder's choice for Moore and sending Werth back to the Nats' dugout with a dirty jersey and a little less dignity. But the run Zimmerman scored gave the Nats a 2-1 lead.