Another Home Run Payoff from Werth

Posted: July 06, 2009

Suddenly, all has seemed to right itself in Phillie-land:

* Jimmy Rollins is once again the offensive sparkplug of your local nine.

* The defending world champions just finished feasting - at home, no less - on the New York Metropolitans.

* And Jayson Werth continues to chisel away at the Daily News' promotional budget.

Werth's leadoff home run in the third inning of the Phillies' 7-2 victory over the Mets on Friday night won $1,000 in the Home Run Payoff Contest for Percy Brown, of South Philadelphia.

Brown, who at age 66 is retired from demolition work, said he has never won anything before and will use the money to pay some bills. And he will keep his eyes on the Phillies' resurgence.

"I'm just glad Rollins is hitting again," he said when reached yesterday.

And a lot of Payoff contestants are glad that Werth hasn't stopped hitting the long ball. The Phillies' rightfielder is responsible for five of the 10 Payoff homers hit so far this season, as well as eight of the last 15, dating to Aug. 31 of last year. He now has 10 Payoff homers in his career, the 13th player to reach double figures.

In addition to Brown there were 15 winners in the Daily News Home Run Payoff contest over the weekend.

Each winning a Phillies Gift Pack in the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Mets game:

Jim Clark, Hatboro

Nicholas Lovallo, Shamong, N.J.

Chip Shinn, Oaklyn, N.J.

Each winning a gift pack in the fourth inning of Saturday's game:

Rogers Long, Philadelphia

James Pifer, Souderton

Paul McTamney, Conshohocken

Estelle Thomas, Philadelphia

Ed Pawluk, Philadelphia

Michele Kratofilon, Philadelphia

Each winning a gift pack in the third inning of Friday's game:

Don Piersol, Honey Brook

Richard Polizzi, Galloway, N.J.

John Hopely, Philadelphia

Kim Makara, Philadelphia

Joe Fedorowycz, Philadelphia

Sidney Harris, Coatesville

The Daily News pays $1,000 for a home run hit in the Payoff inning and $10,000 for a grand slam. Contestants whose batters fail to hit a home run receive a gift pack, which includes a variety of Phillies-related items. This season, the Daily News has paid out $14,000 on 10 Payoff homers.

You can hear the Home Run Payoff inning during each Phillies broadcast on WPHT (1210-AM). Today's coupon is on Page 64. *

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