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Phillies blow three run lead in ninth, lose in extras

With an ailing bullpen and struggling closer, the Phillies needed Cliff Lee to go deep into Monday’s opener against San Diego. Lee went eight plus innings, but the Phillies imploded once again, blowing a three run lead in the ninth before allowing the Padres to walk off with the 4-3 win in the tenth.

Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save in his last five chances, and the Phillies offense failed again to get the key hit, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position including 0-for-2 with the go-ahead run on third in the tenth.

The Padres won on a Kyle Blanks walk-off single after Justin De Fratus loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsmen.

It’s just the way this whole season has been going.

Another blown save for Papelbon

He was not exactly set up for success. Papelbon, who had blown three saves during the homestand, entered with nobody out and two men on base, after having only one outing this year with an inherited runner to deal with. Lee was partially to blame, and Manuel and maybe Ruiz too, but Papelbon still could not get the job done. He allowed a two-run single to Kyle Blanks, and eventually allowed the tying run to come across when Ruiz could not handle a low pitch that skipped to the back stop.

This one might not have been all Papelbon’s fault, but it was ugly just the same, and he has really been struggling.

What can you do with this bullpen?


Cliff Lee pitched well through eight, but his two base runners to start ninth started a Padres’ late-inning comeback. PHOTO: AP

At this point, there might not be a single pitcher in the bullpen that can be trusted to get outs. Injuries and underperformance from relievers have cost the Phillies countless games this year, and it just keeps continuing. The same guys keep trotting out and the same guys keep giving up runs. This was just a bad, bad loss.

Lee’s line doesn’t tell the whole story

Lee did allow two runs and received a no decision, but the left-hander pitched brilliantly for eight innings before allowing two basrunners in the ninth, who both eventually scored. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning, and he scattered six hits from then until the ninth. Lee struck out seven batters for the eighth time this year, and walked one or fewer for the tenth time.

Even with the two earned runs in eight innings, Lee’s earned run average continues to drop, as he now sits at 2.51, which is good for ninth in the league.

Up Next…

Tomorrow, Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 3.56 ERA) will try to stop the three-game losing streak for the Phillies as he gets the ball in game two of this three game series. His counterpart will be veteran right-hander Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59 ERA). First pitch is at 10:10 ET.



  1. CS

    June 25, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Painful on so many levels.

  2. Al

    June 25, 2013 at 2:44 am

    On the bright side Maikel Franco went 3 for 4 today and is batting .524, at this rate he should be at AAA by next season with a possible 2014 September call up if all goes right.

  3. wbramh

    June 25, 2013 at 2:45 am

    Anybody else for bringing back Wilson Valdez as the closer?

  4. TR

    June 25, 2013 at 3:17 am

    In what world do you live, Al? They will bury franco in minors for as long as possible

    • Al

      June 25, 2013 at 3:22 am

      Hey, they brought Galvis up at 22 and his numbers were never even close to Franco’s, If the kid kills at AAA I think its quite possible he sees some action in September of 2014.

      • Al

        June 25, 2013 at 3:24 am

        Obviously this more than a year away, and numerous of things could occur, but its nice to have some hope in something.

  5. bacardipr

    June 25, 2013 at 3:20 am


  6. bacardipr

    June 25, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Me thinks crazy Papelhead is messing up on purpose to get traded.

  7. Stuart

    June 25, 2013 at 5:30 am

    A few things. I’ve seen facts on this site be wrong a few times. I don’t even get to watch the games due to being in NY but even I know they have only lost 2 straight. They won the middle game against the Mets. How does no one else notice errors in these articles?
    Second I didn’t get to watch the game so why did Lee not have a shorter leash in the ninth? Once the first base runner got on he would’ve been done. We’re they weak hits that the fielders didn’t back him on or was Charlie just being Charlie and not really paying attention?
    It really sucks to see Pablebon blowing these saves. Not only are we losing games that we should win but he’s hurting his trade value. Teams are going to bring that up in trade negotiations and won’t give us as much.

  8. jeff y

    June 25, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Papsmear should get benched. Bad aditude.

  9. Manny

    June 25, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Now we have to worry about Papelbon, too? Ugh. What an annoying season.

  10. Double Trouble Del

    June 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    When you approach this season as lost there should be no worries until the trade deadline at which point you can worry about RAJ making the correct moves. You can worry about him overvaluing his players or our scouting department misjudging another team’s players. But as for game situations , no more worries sit back and enjoy.

  11. Fritz

    June 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    these are the Phillies I remember growing up with in the late 50’s. you have to be positive, Cliff Lee increases his value every time he pitches. Looks like Chase would make a good DH.Now is there anyone in this organization that can make a good trade?I think at this point that is our biggest question, can we get value for value? We have to make the most of the little talent we have to rebuild for the future.

    • schmenkman

      June 25, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Some day Utley would make a good DH, but based on all the stats he is still a very good fielder, and for the next year or two (and certainly for this year’s two-month rental), he will likely still be one of the best all-around second basemen in the game.

      Unfortunately it looks like it’s going to be wall-to-wall trade deadline talk for the next 5 weeks.

      • hogey's role

        June 25, 2013 at 9:48 am

        I think Utley will play first base for a while after he’s done with second, before he becomes a dh…

  12. Double Trouble Del

    June 25, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I know the jury’s still out but it doesn’t look like the returns from last year’s Pence and Victorino trades are very substantial.

  13. hogey's role

    June 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Ridiculous… the nationals and braves can barely tread water right now and we can’t capitalize when we need to this team is pathetic and it needs a big overhaul… a whole new philosophy all the way around…

  14. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Glad I sayed up to watch that horrid ending. Looks like the karma train is running all over Psychotron. My hope is officially exhausted. Time to sell. But who? And for whom?

  15. Mike in NJ

    June 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Glad I didn’t watch the game…I would have had to call in sick today. This team seems to find new ways to lose every week. A PB by Chooch…REALLY?!? Didn’t they lose on a wild pitch a week or so ago?

    There was no reason to run Lee out in the 9th at 109 pitches. Should have brought Pap in to start the 9th clean. Plenty of blame to go around for yet another pathetic loss.

  16. Bob in Bucks

    June 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    If Charlie had brought in Pabelbon and he had blown the save everyone would have screamed. He leaves in Lee who sets up the blown save and people blame Charlie. Ruiz has a passed ball and people blame Pabelbon.

    I am beyond the blame game. Fact is the team rarely scores more than 3 runs which combined with the MLB worst ERA (say it with me – worst ERA) is beyond managerial or anyother blame.

    To me everyone but Hamels (who is having a bad year but too good and young to trade) and Brown (who has some promise and is cheap) should be on the trading block. Does not mean that you trade them all but you certainly consider offers that will strengthen the team.
    You simply cannot risk millions on a muliyear multimillion dollar contract with Utley. Halliday is too old even if he makes a comeback.

  17. Dave

    June 25, 2013 at 9:55 am

    This season is a mirror image of last season. It’s hard to believe that in a year and a half of baseball, we haven’t found one dependable reliever.

  18. Bart Shart

    June 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    No fun watching this team. No more season tickets for me.

    • Dave

      June 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      We sold 13 of our 17 games this year and I’m glad we did. We will definitely be cancelling after this season.

  19. Bart Shart

    June 25, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I absolutely HATE this team. I will NOT watch them any more this year until they are above .500. Simply put, I can’t take it any more

  20. Dr. Dave

    June 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Hey “Choley,” maybe you should get in the faces of some of your players. Instead of a reporter.

    • schmenkman

      June 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      He may be. We don’t know.

      • hogey's role

        June 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        I highly doubt it… their play is very nonchalant almost like they don’t care…. it was nice to see some fire out of old Charlie, but I still think it’s time for him to go

      • schmenkman

        June 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        “their play is very nonchalant almost like they don’t care”

        I actually think they care very much.

      • hogey's role

        June 25, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        Looks like it

      • schmenkman

        June 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        lol – ok. Constantly failing will tend to give that impression. They’re just not that good.

      • hogey's role

        June 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        I’ll agree on that point

  21. George

    June 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The rats are abandoning ship, even though it hasn’t sank yet.

    Get a grip, rats.

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