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Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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Phillies Post-Game Soundbites


“It’s bad, folks.”

Exactly how Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki worded it in his blog post title after the Phillies lost another downer, 5-2.

Phillies All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Zo posted up on his site a few quotes from Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, closer Jonathan Papelbon and All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz. Each talked about their current state at the season’s midway point as well as how this team can rebound.

Currently the Phillies are 36-45 and 11 games out of first. This is the team’s worst record through the first 81 games since going 23-58 to start the 1997 season.

With half a season left, some of the team’s biggest names are still keeping their heads up. There is plenty of time left in the season and there is an extra playoff spot this year.

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Phillies Sending Three to KC for All-Star Game

The Phillies, who are in the middle of their worst season in about a decade, will send three players to Kansas City this year for the All-Star Game.

Starting pitcher Cole Hamels, closer Jonathan Papelbon and catcher Carlos Ruiz were all chosen by manager Tony LaRussa. The Phillies didn’t have a single player voted in as a starter.

This is the third selection for Hamels (10-4, 3.08 ERA), and fifth for Papelbon (18/19 saves), his first in the NL. This is also Ruiz’s first ever selection to the All-Star Game.

Ruiz will not start since he wasn’t voted in, but has every right to be the starter due to his numbers this season. That honor will go to Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Ruiz is leading all of Major League Baseball with a .358 average, ranked third among an NL players with a 1.008 OPS, third with a .423 OBP and fifth with a .585 slugging percentage. He has 11 homers and 43 RBIs as well.

Papelbon Paid Thome $5,000 For Walk-Off Homer

One of the coolest things you’ll hear this season, easily.

Jonathan Papelbon was frustrated after giving up two runs in the top of the 9th to blow a 6-4 lead the Phillies gave him. It was Papelbon’s first blown save of the season.

So what did he do? He offered up a sum of money for someone to hit a walk-off homer off Rays reliever Jake McGee.

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Thome Mashes Walk-Off Tater

Phillies 7, Rays 6
WP – Jonathan Papelbon (2-2, 2.83)
LP – Jake McGee (1.88)

PHILADELPHIA — The nine-game American League road trip was all Jim Thome needed to get a jump start.

Thome hit a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th in the Phillies 7-6 win over the Rays. It came moments after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save of the season.

Papelbon blew a 6-4 lead in the top of the 9th prior to Thome’s heroic blast.

Busy weekend. We’ll have more about the game later tonight.


Papelbon Sounds Off After Tough Loss

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.

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Papelbon Closes Door On Former Team

Phillies C Carlos Ruiz steals second base in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Phillies 6, Red Sox 4
WP: Cole Hamels (6-1, 2.48)
LP: Daniel Bard (3-5, 4.85)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (12)

PHILADELPHIA — Boston is used to the look in Jonathan Papelbon’s eyes.

They know it all too well, usually meaning a win is in sight. But now, they have to associate the look with a loss when playing the Phillies.

Papelbon nailed the door shut in the 9th inning and the Phillies extended their winning streak to six games, beating Boston, 6-4, Friday night. The win was Papelbon’s first save against his former team, a statement he was hoping to make this series at least once.

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Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sox

PHI: 20-19, 5th in NL East; BOS: 18-20, 5th in AL East

When: May 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28) vs Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (4-3, 2.96) vs Jon Lester (2-3, 3.71)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 1.95) vs Josh Beckett (3-4, 4.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Mets Rookie Hits Game-Winning Shot off Papelbon

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins scored on a John Mayberry sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

When a relief pitcher is put on ice for a week, it usually creates rust.

That is exactly what happened to Jonathan Papelbon, who hadn’t thrown a pitch since last Tuesday. Papelbon surrenedered the game-winning three-run home run in the top of the 9th in the Mets 5-2 win on Monday.

The home run was hit by Jordany Valdespin and it was his first career hit in the Majors. Getting it off of Papelbon and in a clutch situation will make the moment in his career that much sweeter.

After a number of Phillies late-inning losses resulted in the fans calling for the Phillies to use their closer in a non-save situation, the layoff resulted in a frustrating loss.

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