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Jayson Werth, Nationals Victimized By Bad Call In Ninth Inning Vs. Mets

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The Nationals lost again vs. the Mets today, falling 1-0 in yet another shutout. Of course, it didn't help that the first-base umpire completely botched an easy call, calling Jayson Werth out at first place even though first baseman Daniel Murphy was very clearly off the bag.

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The Nationals had a runner on second base and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning when Werth drilled a ground ball to third base. Justin Turner got to it with a nice backhand, bobbled the ball, then threw it to first. It was a wide throw, and Murphy tried to stretch to grab it, but his stretch both took him off the bag and came too late. Still, Werth was called out, and Adam LaRoche grounded out thereafter to end the game.

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It was a huge call, because having men on first and third with one out is much more threatening than having a man on third and two outs. Of course, given how LaRoche has been playing, he probably would have grounded into a double play anyway.