Papelbon blows save, Phillies lose in extra innings

When you don’t get a single hit between the second and ninth innings, the odds are that you will lose.  The Phillies almost accomplished a rare feat Wednesday night by nearly beating the Nationals despite a ridiculous offensive drought.

Jonathan Papelbon was an out away from salting away a victory against the Nationals , which would have given the Phillies a series sweep. However, Papelbon blew his second save opportunity in the series and of the season, and the Nationals went on to win the game, 6-2, in 11 innings.

The Phillies only mustered two hits during the first nine frames. Ben Revere led off the game with a single and Michael Young followed with a two-run homer, and that was it for the Phillies’ offense until Carlos Ruiz singled in the 10th.

After giving up the two-run shot, the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez was sensational. The two-time All-Star struck out Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown three times each.

Kyle Kendrick bounced back from his worst start of the season with a gem. Kendrick allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings. He deserved a better fate.

But it’s been  the story of the season. The Phillies’ starting pitching has often been very good and the bats have been MIA for much of the season.

The bullpen was a disaster against the Nats. Papelbon blew his save and Michael Stutes gave up a grand slam to Ian Desmond in the 11th.  The pitch prior to Desmond’s salami appeared to be a strike, which would have taken care of the Nats’ shortstop. Charlie Manuel was yelling at home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez after he called a ball.

“It looked like a strike,” Manuel said.

But the Phillies wouldn’t have been in that situation if Papelbon notched the save.

“It’s important for me to finish it off for the starters,” Papelbon said. “It’s a tough pill to swallow. I got to make the pitch to (Jayson) Werth.”

The Phillies fans’ favorite target singled in the tying run with two outs in the ninth. Werth was clutch a day after saying that the Nationals had to do whatever it took to avoid being swept.

Michael Young passed the 1,000 RBI plateau. He’s just the 242nd player in MLB history to reach that level.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.