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Papelbon Blows Solid Kendrick Outing, Phils Lose 4-3

Implosion is the only word to describe Jonathan Papelbon‘s outing tonight. With the Phillies up 3-1 in the ninth inning, Papelbon surrendered three earned on four hits and two walks, including a walk-off walk issued to Shin-Soo Choo as he blew the lead, and the game, for the Phillies.

The man affected most? Kyle Kendrick.

Kendrick stared down the barrel of the loaded gun that is the heart of the Texas Rangers line-up with runners on second and third with no outs in the first inning.

And he lived to tell about it. It was Papelbon’s gun, or lack of ammo, that would end the delight of Kendrick’s night.

Kendrick struck out Prince Fielder, got Adrian Beltre to ground back to the pitcher and was able to clumsily get Choo out in a pickle, and then got a long fly ball from Alex Rios to center field to end the threat. Kendrick would keep the Rangers within arms length, allowing just one earned run in seven innings on four hits and one walk.

Make no mistake about it – this should have been the game’s most pivotal moment and Kendrick kept his cool, allowing the Phillies to keep a 3-1 lead for much of the game on the back of his very good outing.

Patients At-Bats Lead to Success

The Phillies, facing first-time starter Robbie Ross, forced Ross to throw 96 pitches in just five innings, drawing just two walks but smashing seven hits. The Phils got to Ross early, as a Carlos Ruiz double and the Chase Utley single that followed led to an early 1-0 lead.

After a Chooch walk, Ryan Howard, from the DH slot, took Ross deep on a deep two-run shot to the deepest part of right center in the third inning. The Phillies were consistently on base this evening: every Phillies starter but Ben Revere had a base hit.

Kendrick Kept Hitters Off Balance, Hollands Fires Back

With strong command of his change-up and sinker all night, Kendrick rarely found himself in jams. Three out of seven of Kendrick’s innings were of the 1-2-3 variety. Mario Hollands, after being thrown to the fire in his Major League debut the night before, pitched a 1-2-3 8th. All was well until Papelbon let the flood gates open. Former Phillies’ farmhand Seth Rosin, acquired in the Hunter Pence trade, made his second Major League appearance and earned the win pitching two innings and striking out one. A little punch in the gut, there, when the throw-in guy in a major trade goes elsewhere and has early success against the team that didn’t protect him in the Rule V draft.

With the loss, the Phillies lose the opening series of the season, moving to 1-2. The Phillies sit a one and a half games behind the Washington Nationals for the NL East. Hey, it’s never too early to scoreboard watch.

The Phillies have Thursday off before heading to Wrigley for a three game set against the Cubs starting Friday. Roberto Hernandez takes the mound for the Phillies against Travis Wood.



  1. Abel

    April 2, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve said once and ill say it again paplebum needs to go

  2. Hogey's Role

    April 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Pimplebomb sucks

  3. Guest

    April 2, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Well that sucked. Should be used to this but it still ticks me off. Should be 3-0 but 1-2. At least they were competitive against a good team. Time to take at least two from cubs.

  4. Brian

    April 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I’m really excited to boo Papelbon when they come back to Philly.

  5. Abel

    April 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Im so heated right now its only the thrid game and im tired of this joker already

  6. Soteh

    April 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    The only player i got no faith on is the guy who blew the game! 😉 no comments!

  7. Matt

    April 2, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Well long season still to go but I’m still pissed at paplabon top 5 bullpen my ass

  8. MadDawg

    April 2, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    When will the Phillies wise up and get rid of Papelbon? He’s a bum who can’t pitch. I turn the game off every time he pitches because I know, here’s another blown save. Hell, I can pitch better that he can and I’m not a pitcher. He’s the reason I will NOT spend my hard earned money to pay to see a game. And I enjoy going to games.

    • Rona W

      April 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Nobody wants him. Period. He’s a cancer and every team knows it. Another gift from Amaro.

  9. Brooks

    April 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Lets see what Sandberg and Bowa are really about now.
    It seems like they wont stand for this kind of nonsense, regardless of the paycheck. Pappy picked up right where he left off last year, in the crapper.

  10. Abel

    April 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Maybe somethinh is wrong with his arm maybe we will get lucky and end up on the dl and that forced ruben to get a competent arm

  11. Double Trouble Del

    April 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    His stuff sucked. His body language sucked when he showed up Utley after missing a ground ball with a drawn in infield. I am irrational in my dislike of this jerk off named Papelbon. This is the worst contract that Amaro handed out. Period.

    • Abel

      April 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm


    • Hogey's Role

      April 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      I agree what was that crap throwing your arms up at utley?? It’s your fault you blew the lead

    • Tracey

      April 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

      I agree, except for one thing: there is nothing irrational about your dislike of this jerk. He walked the bases loaded, walked in the winning run, throwing pitches near the heads of batters, but will no doubt blame his failure on everyone except himself. Dislike is the only rational response.

    • LouA

      April 3, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Amaro can’t seem to understand a thing or really don’t care.
      this guy is a waste and proves it over and over
      sounds like a whiner exactly the same as the Eagles had….
      maybe he needs to look up the word “SAVE”

  12. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    It is well known his velocity is down.

    You just have to wait how long it takes the Phillies to recognize the obvious.

    When you look at the roster and understand they have the 3rd highest pay roll it leaves you scratching our head.

    How does this happen and how does someone who assembled the mess keep his job?

    so what now the genius is going to make all the moves to make it right?

    You are in a sport with no salary cap.

    Sadly the contracts Amaro has doled out go on and on and on.

    So when he is finally fired whoever has to clean up the mess will be dealing with it for years to come.

    But with a 190 million dollar payroll it should be fixable.

    It shouldn’t be this bad.

    It seems almost intentional to me.

    Even a robot, a monkey or a person with no knowledge of the sport could or would assemble a roster like this.

    It seems like intentional destruction

    I don’t understand how this could happen.

    How does he show up and collect a pay check?

    Does he have no shame?

    If I did my job as poorly as Ruben does his I would simply quit and retire.

    But here he is.

    Disgusting and disgraceful.

    On everyones part.

    On management and on him for not quitting.

    • Abel

      April 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      I agree with you pap was on the down side of his career thats why boston let him go. Ruben should have seen that The guy has been sub par for the phils but he getting paid like hes one on the top 5 relivers

  13. George

    April 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Everybody thinks the Howard contract was Amaro’s biggest blunder. It’s being proven, though, that signing Papelbon beats the Howard deal in stupidity by a gigantic margin.

    • Hogey's Role

      April 2, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      100% agree

    • Tracey

      April 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Yeah, I’m tired of hearing people bitch about Howard’s salary. Yes, Howard has not lived up to expectations, but he has a positive attitude, accepts responsibility for his mistakes, works hard every day and makes changes when asked to.

      Papelsmear makes 2/3 of Ryan’s salary to get 3 outs a couple of times a week, pulls crap like this, has a toxic attitude and blames everybody else for his failures. There is a reason that nobody else took him when the Phillies tried to shop him around: nobody else is stupid enough to take his crap.

    • LouA

      April 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

      the last three comments say it all
      any buyers for a pair of xxxx
      Pap n Rub
      no buyers gee I wonder why????

  14. hot dog

    April 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    at least Howard earned it here.

  15. Hogey's Role

    April 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Pimplebomb has blown 8 of his last 24 save chances

    • Double Trouble Del

      April 3, 2014 at 12:03 am

      I do question the defense set by Sandburg in the ninth. Not sure why they didn’t position for the double play and instead elected to bring the infield in to cut the run off at home. Still that hands in the air gesture was so classless, just what you’d expect from Papelbon. I’d love to see him as the most expensive long reliever in major league history.

  16. Andrew from Waldorf

    April 2, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Trying to rank and rate the bad deals by Ruben is not possible.

    I personally believe the re signing of Rollins when they could have let him walk away is the worst signing.

    At some point you need to understand that management by keeping him around is basically signing Ruben long term.

    They approve of the mess I guess.

    I stopped blaming the manager and players long ago.
    I guess its time to stop blaming Ruben.
    He obviously is not up to this job.

    The problem is with the owners or whomever it is who keeps him as the GM.

    That is the problem with this team.

    The beat goes on.

    Hopefully the Mets will lose 121 and the Phillies will lose 120.

  17. Rob 311

    April 3, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Andrew from wherever,
    I said it in the game day thread and I’ll say it again, sing a different song dude it’s so old. I get being frustrated and angry but come on man every loss since last year u come on hear and complain about amaro. We all know he stinks but enough dude. I come on hear to read articles and see what people have to say, but honestly I’m so tired of seeing ur amaro bashings. He deserves it I get it but come on man get over. Be a fan and deal with it or don’t and don’t watch the games or buy tickets if that’s the route u go. I’m at the point where I’m about to find a new site to talk phillies. I’m all for taking shots at amaro but after very loss come on man grow up.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      April 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

      And who are you?

      I don’t even read except when you expressly reply to me.

      I am sorry I don’t care what you think.

      I didn’t read you in a previous thread or this one.

      Grow up.

      Please stop referencing me.

      So I can again go back to ignoring you.

    • joycedaffodil

      April 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

      What is the old saying, if you have lemons you have to make lemonade or some such. However, Amaro makes it easy to trash him with these inane deals. You are right, the management doesn’t care what he does, so let it go. Stand by for the next wonderful/frightening deal he comes up with.

  18. Morris Buttermaker

    April 3, 2014 at 12:17 am

    For the past 15 years, I always felt that Gregg Jefferies was the player I hated the most. I’ve seen a lot of no talent hacks on the Phillies. But the big money, big mouth bums bothered me. Papelbon is now easily the Phillies player I hate the most of all time. Nobody comes close.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      April 3, 2014 at 6:41 am

      I wholeheartedly agree. I hope Chase knock his teeth out.

  19. Mark

    April 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I’m not a Paplebon fan and I think he’s dumb as dirt but he did make some pitches to get out of the jam. I think it was the defensive positioning that let him down. Granted, he made a bad 0-2 pitch to Beltre to give up the hit to left to get things started but he made a good pitch to get the roller to third, unfortunately Ashe was not covering the line and could not get to the ball quick enough. He also made a good pitch to force the grounder to second again, unfortunately the infield was drawn in and Utley could not field it. Had the defense been positioned properly on those pitches game over. It looked as though Paplebon didn’t even realize the infield was in and gave that wtf look when the ball got through to tie the game. After that his 10 cent brain took over, throwing two at the next batters head and walking him and then walking in the winning run. Same old story, play a good seven innings and the lousy bullpen can’t get their job done. looks like it’s going to be the third straight year of this garbage. Hope things can change.

    • Tom

      April 3, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Agreed! Bad managerial decisions are also to blame for that loss! And Ryne being a former middle infielder, why he would decide to bring Chase & Nix in makes ZERO sense!!

    • George

      April 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

      And what about the EIGHT bad pitches he made? You’re not supposed to walk a guy to load the bases, then another guy to bring in the winning run. Defensive positioning my a$$! Papelbon was horrible; if the entire team was stationed on the infield, he still would have blown the game with his garbage control and low speed fastballs.

      • Hogey's Role

        April 3, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        I agree with george

  20. Brooks

    April 3, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Anyone else choke on the kool aid

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      April 3, 2014 at 12:44 am

      And a chicken bone 🙁

      I didn’t come here for this.

  21. Tom

    April 3, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Not to absolve Pap, but will someone please explain to me why you would bring your middle infielders in when the situation is 1st & 3rd with one out and you are up by one run in the bottom of the 9th? WHY??

    • George

      April 3, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Because the batter, being fast, could very easily beat out a possible double play grounder.

  22. Rob 311

    April 3, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Andrew from immatureville,
    Who am I I’m no one important but I can tell you who I’m not. I’m not the guy that cries about amaro each and every day on a website. He’s not a good gm but good god man you havnt stopped crying in 2+ years. Lol u sound like a little 13 year old mad at dad because his team isn’t good. Who cares what the payroll is ur not paying it. Nobody would have broken this team apart maybe Rollins goes maybe papelbon doesn’t get signed but who cares dude the guy has one job- keep the phillies relevant. As long as ur on here crying everyday he’s doing his job. Sure they aren’t winning but it’s not the end of the world. There are so many people responsible for this mess he’s just the public scapegoat which is fine he gets paid for that. You think cubs fans are happy with how things have went. We just had a decade plus of great baseball and now you entitled fans can’t sit through a couple bad years. It’s embarrassing. If your that unhappy with how things are being handled stop giving the team your attention trust me they won’t mind. But your daily 3-4 posts about how awful amaro is just shows how immature you are. I’m sure if you ever met him in person you would say nothing of the sort. He’s still a person at the end of the day and having met him at Ryan Howard’s benefit I can tell you he’s first class all the way. My cousin has ms and he sat down with the poor kid and talked with him for 30+ minutes. The internet is a beautiful thing but it gives low life’s like you a voice to just sit there and disrespect people without any repercussions. You think he’s not trying? You think he doesn’t lose sleep over the fact that the team he has put together stinks. You have an opinion and a voice and I’m not saying you can’t express that but come on dude ur a joke a straight up joke. Your probably older than I am and I show more class than you do. So tell me to grow up and tell me you don’t read others posts when ur actions contradict that. If you didn’t care what I said u wouldn’t have responded but everyone is real tough on the internet. So do you man who am I to tell you differently all I’m saying is that I’m sick of ur whining. Who knows maybe I’m in the minority but take a look at yourself anyway, the fact that you come on here each and everyday to complain about amaro is so immature and how’s you clearly have nothing going on in your life. I truely pity you but I can’t stand reading your ignorant comments anymore. You take the joy out of me coming to this website and I am going to express that.

    • Andrew from Waldorf

      April 3, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Rob6969 or whatever your handle is.

      I did not read that rant.

      As you bore me.

      Is someone forcing you to read what I type?

      Are you really that level?

      I haven’t posted since the end of last year.

      Only a handful of times.

      Thanks for the novel and anyone who takes the time to read it all enjoy.

      I did not.

      Id ask in the future that you not single me out.

      As typing responces to people like you is a chore for me.

      I get it.

      You are waiting. Waiting in this case for 6 months for me to post.
      I did it.

      I get that.

      But I am not going to read anything you type over 2 or 3 lines.

      • Chuck A.

        April 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

        I did not read the novel. Too long. And as for the Amaro bashing, all of you that are all over AFW’s case here….maybe you should check out some of the other blogs and see what THEY are saying about our GM. Trust me…this is mild in comparison.

      • joycedaffodil

        April 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

        Gentlemen, take it outside, please.

  23. james smith

    April 3, 2014 at 3:07 am

    papelbon doesnt want to pitch for the phils, c’mon RAJ get him out of philadelphia. you have numerous arms in the organization that can blow a 2 run 9th inning lead for a lot less money.

  24. Tracey

    April 3, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Glad to see you have brought back the Jeltz award. It has never been more deserved.

  25. Lefty

    April 3, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I’d shorten the headline a little- Just leave off the “solid Kendrick outing, Phils lose 4-3” part.
    And you’re left with “Papelbon Blows”


    Maybe Sandberg knew something more than we did when making Tuesday night’s bullpen selections? (Note- I typed we- meaning me included)

  26. Chuck A.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Ok, now that I have defended Andrew from Waldorf (can’t believe I actually did that)…. a few thoughts about last night’s game. …

    -There’s obviously something wrong with Papelbon. He was all over the place and that’s a real concern. He looked good on Monday, though… so not sure what to make of it.

    -Yeah, why in the world was the infield drawn in like that?? I was almost screaming at the TV!

    -A wasted two games with some really good starting pitching. Tuesday’s game was more on Sandberg, in my opinion, with his failure to use Asche as a pinch hitter, playing around with the lineup too much, and some of his bullpen decisions. Last night’s game was squarely on Papelbon.

    • Lefty

      April 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

      You defended who? LOL

      On to your thoughts.

      As I stated earlier, maybe, just maybe, Sandberg knew something was wrong with Cinco Ocho Megatron the night before when everyone ( including me) wanted to know why he used Hollands instead. These are details we usually don’t get to know, and that’s a good thing, they need to keep some stuff in the clubhouse.

      The drawn in infield on the Martin grounder to Utley play certainly can be debated, but there is something that could have ended that doubt before it started. I keep looking at the first run that inning, and asking myself -Why didn’t Asche try to get the slow guy Beltre, at the plate. He didn’t even bare-hand it, making it nearly impossible to get the speedster at first. That said, he didn’t have a lot better chance at the plate, but IMO it was the better option.

      That could have set up a possible DP, and it’s associated fielding depth with one out. Instead, with no out, Utley had no chance on the Martin grounder playing right at the edge of the infield grass.

      • Chuck A.

        April 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

        Lefty – Great point on Asche coming home and I thought the same thing when watching it. Not sure if he would have had a play…but it would have been a better option in that situation.

        As for Papelbon, if Sandberg had any inclination that there was something wrong with him the night before…then why in God’s name did he not have a quick hook last night?? With that logic maybe someone should have been warming up in the bullpen.

      • Lefty

        April 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Chuck, I don’t have the answer to your Papelbon question. I guess that punches a lot of holes in my theory doesn’t it?

  27. Dave

    April 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    The best thing you can do to save yourself time and stress is to turn off the Phillies after the 6th inning because you know what the outcome will be. It’s been like this for several years now. I’m truly amazed that all the other teams in baseball have competent and even spectacular arms in their bullpen and we’ve somehow managed to have zero year after year! That reason alone is enough for Amaro to be fired. It’s a disgrace. I know Brad Lidge only had one really good year for the Phillies, but he’s leagues above Papelbon when it comes to respect and class.

  28. Philsfan21

    April 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Well there’s 3 hours of my life I won’t be getting back…..what a disappointment

  29. joycedaffodil

    April 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I think we have had the one exciting start with the first game in Texas, then we got our clock case cleaned. My husband and son were the great Phillies fans, going to the games and enjoying watching Mitch Williams and that crew. At home they would watch the out of town games and screw and yell at the players. I thought this was unreal, now son married with 2 little boys, and Grammie is the one screaming at the plays. Last night was hard to swallow.

    “I came here to win.” Did I misquote that. I have decided to call this Team the scrambled contract team, it will keep my yelling at the tv and upsetting my husband while he reads the NY Times , down to a minimum. What’s next?

  30. hot dog

    April 3, 2014 at 9:04 am

    the reason the infield was not at double play depth was the batter was to fast to double up. I don’t agree, seemed like a perfect double play ball. Asche should have went home with the slow roller. For 13million he needed to settle down and get two more outs instead of imploading.

  31. Manny

    April 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Could’ve EASILY won this series, yet we lost it. Not a good start for Papelbon, who has to win back the fans after last year.

    • George

      April 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Win BACK the fans? How can he do that when he never won them in the first place?

      • Manny

        April 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

        Right ha. Should’ve said WiN THEM OVER..

  32. c. schreiber

    April 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Perhaps the P’s could use the Desean Jackson mrthod on the Paps?

  33. c. schreiber

    April 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Oops, method.

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