Sunday, September 5, 2010

In celebration of facial hair

Have two opposing players, who lead the league in caveman jokes, ever hit home runs in the same game? Oddly, I could not find this category on

Milwaukee's Corey Hart and Philadelphia's Jayson Werth have more in common than just questionable facial hair, however. In seven seasons, Hart has a .274 BA with 92 HRs and a .807 OPS. (Hart played in  one game in 2004.) Werth is three years older than Hart but missed the entire 2006 season with injuries. In eight seasons, Werth has a .271 BA, with 113 HRs and an .844 OPS. In 2010, Werth has a 4.5 WAR compared to 2.5 for Hart.

The two right fielders were rumored to be on the trading block this summer but while Hart signed a three-year extension, Werth has not re-signed with the Phillies and will be a free agent after this season.

Hart who decided to return to the clean-shaven look after signing the big contract, hit two home runs against Roy Halladay, one in the third inning and one in the seventh inning. Both were solo shots. Jayson Werth managed only one home run, also a solo shot, in the second inning. Prince Fielder and Alcides Escobar also homered for Milwaukee. It was the first time in Halladay's career that he has given up four home runs in  game.

Despite the long balls, the Brewers lost this one when Ryan Braun's throw to home on a sac fly got by Jonathan Lucroy and allowed the go-ahead run to score. Two runs, one sac fly. A new way to lose.

Phillies 5, Brewers 4
Game played 9-4-10

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