Bill Ladson

Sun a factor in Werth's crucial error

Sun a factor in Werth's crucial error

LOS ANGELES -- Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is arguably one of the most reliable outfielders in baseball. But in Wednesday's 8-5 victory, Werth made a crucial error in the ninth inning.

With closer Rafael Soriano on the mound, the Nationals were one out away from victory. With Andre Ethier on first, Turner hit what looked like a routine fly ball to Werth in right field. Werth dropped the ball for a two-base error and that allowed Ethier to score.

It didn't help that the sun was in Werth's eyes. He knew if the ball carried to his left side, he would have a tough time catching the ball.

"[Turner] hit it a lot better than I thought he did," Werth said. "So in the end, I had to hurry to the ball and it brought the ball right into the sun. … I came close. I kind of slapped at it and it hit my finger. I don't know if it went into my glove or not.

"It's like the worst feeling in the world, helpless feeling. There is nothing you can do. You play this game long enough, it will happen to you. Unfortunately, it happened to me with two outs in a meaningful game."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.