Tuesday, July 2, 2013

2013 Topps Heritage #104 Jonathan Papelbon

Padres 4, Phillies 3 (10 Innings)
Game 77 - Late Monday Night, June 24th in San Diego
Record - 36-41, 3rd Place, 8 games behind the Braves

Colossal Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 3 of 9

One Sentence Summary:  Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save in eight days, and the Padres pulled off a painful 4-3 extra inning win.

What It Means:  Glad I didn't see any of this game either!

What Went Wrong:  Cliff Lee pitched eight shut-out innings, before allowing a single and a double to start the ninth.  With the Phillies up 3-0, Papelbon was brought in to try to record the save.  He didn't.  The first batter he faced, Kyle Blanks, hit a two-run single.  A few batters later, with Blanks on third and two outs, Carlos Ruiz allowed a passed ball and the save was officially blown.  Blanks came through again in the tenth with a bases loaded single off reliever Justin De Fratus to win the ballgame.

Featured Card:  Papelbon has been the subject of multiple trade rumors this past week, and I don't know if I would be that sad to see him go.

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