Dodgers 4, Phillies 3
WP – Ronals Belisario (1-0, 1.26)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (0-2, 2.31)
SV – Kenley Jansen (7)
PHILADELPHIA — Poor umpiring had a lot to do with the Phillies dropping a third straight game.
It also had a lot to do with why Jonathan Papelbon was upset in the 9th inning and after the Phillies tough 4-3 loss to open a four-game series against the Dodgers.
Papelbon though he had struck out Dee Gordon, the lead-off hitter in the 9th inning of a 3-3 ballgame. But home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn called a ball on the 1-2 count, extending the at-bat.
On the very next pitch, Gordon lined a ball into the gap in right center, going to third on a lead-off triple. He scored on Andre Ethier’s RBI single the very next at-bat to give the Dodgers the 4-3 lead.
Papelbon sounded off at Reyburn, who was called up from the Triple A to umpire in the Majors, but wasn’t ejected. Papelbon then proceeded to sound off on Reyburn after the game in front of reporters.
“You’re up in the big leagues to do a good job and when you don’t do a good job you should be demoted or fired,” Papelbon said. “It’s just like anybody’s job. If I don’t do my job, I go down to Triple A. There’s no room for that up here. It’s not a knock on the umpires. It’s the integrity of the game. You want to be able to go out there and play the game the way it should be played.
“All night long, from [Dodgers starter Clayton] Kershaw to [Phillies starter] Vance [Worley], all the way to the ninth inning, it affected the outcome of the game.”
With words like that, Papelbon could be fined by MLB.
The Dodgers scored three runs on Worley, who lasted four innings. The Phillies, who trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, put up a three-spot on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and a two-run homer by Placido Polanco to tie the game up.
It’s also worth noting that Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman and manager Don Mattingly were ejected from the game arguing balls and strikes with Reyburn in the 6th.
2B: Mayberry (8). 3B: Rollins (2). HR: Polanco (2).