Cliff Lee headed into the 9th with the Phillies leading the Padres, 3-0 and his 10th win of the season in sight.
In came Jonathan Papelbon, who this past week became the subject of trade speculation for the fans of the Tigers, Red Sox, and other teams.
But Pap gave up a two-run single to Kyle Blanks, then hit Jesus Guzman but got Yasmani Grandal to ground into a double play. So does the blown save go to Papelbon or to his catcher Carlos Ruiz whose passed ball allowed Blanks to score and the Padres to tie the game?
Blanks then had a walkoff single in the 10th inning for his career-best fourth hit, and the Padres beat Philadelphia, 4-3.
Papelbon has had a bad week
April 3 to June 13
Papelbon had a 0-0 record with 13 saves and in 24.2 IP had allowed 14 hits (two homers) four runs, walked three and whiffed 23 with a 1.46 ERA. He had inherited two base runners, allowing one to score.
June 17 on –
In these last five appearances, he has two vulture wins, one save, three blown saves, he’s allowed two homers, both inherited runners to score, and has a 5.40 ERA.
Tigers and Red Sox fans are looking elsewhere.