NEW YORK -- The Phillies talked a lot about missed opportunities after their 3-1 loss in Game 2 of the World Series. One important pivotal point for them came when Jayson Werth was picked off of first base by Yankees catcher Jose Molina following a leadoff single in the fourth inning.
The Phillies led 1-0 at the time and had a chance to extend it even further. But with nobody out and Raul Ibanez at the plate ... what, exactly, happened?
Werth had begun to steal, but had changed his mind and stopped when he saw A.J. Burnett's pitch to Ibanez in the dirt.
"Usually in that situation, when you start to steal and don't you go back to the bag early," Werth said.
When he spied the ball in the dirt, he didn't go back to the bag quite so early.
"And by the time I saw the ball, it was on its way to first base," Werth said. "It was unorthodox. I was in No Man's Land. He made a really good play. Unfortunately, it happens.
"I don't know how much different I'd do if the play happened again. It was just a good play by [Molina]."
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins saw the same thing almost happen to him an inning earlier when he was on second base, that's what he told Werth following Werth's disastrous pick-off at first.
"I told him Molina came up and did the same thing to me," Rollins said. "He pump faked, and if someone had been at second base, he may have gotten me.
"You see the ball in the dirt, and you automatically take an extra half step. And when he came up and pump-faked, I was like, Whoa."
From that point on, Rollins was extra wary. Molina was behind the plate instead of Jorge Posada because Molina has become A.J. Burnett's personal catcher.
"He's so good back there," Rollins said of Molina. "He's so quick getting the ball from the glove to the hand, even on a ball in the dirt.
"The only way you can go is if the ball gets behind him and he turns his back."
Ibanez struck out two pitches after Werth was nailed, and Matt Stairs followed with a fly to left to end the inning.
The Yankees would tie the game on Mark Teixeira's homer in the bottom of the fourth and take the lead for good two innings later.
"It happens, you know?" Rollins said of Werth's misplay. "Like I told him, it's the World Series. You're going to make some great plays sometimes. That was a great play."
The Phillies played Game 2 a man short: It wasn't well publicized, but they sent pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs back to Philadelphia early because he had a stomach virus.
"Rather than infecting the whole clubhouse, we sent him home," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Amaro said that as far as he knows, no other Phillies have caught Dobbs' bug.