Found June 05, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
Jonathan Papelbon may have taken the loss as the Phillies were defeated 4-3 by the Dodgers on Monday night, but he is not taking the blame. That blame, he says, belongs to home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. In a 3-3 tie in the ninth, Papelbon allowed a lead-off triple on a 2-2 pitch to Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon. Papelbon thought he had strike three on the previous pitch, and naturally the next hitter, Elian Herrera, belted a single to score Gordon and give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. After the game, Papelbon was furious. “Doesn’t surprise me,” Papelbon said when he was informed that Reyburn is a Triple-A umpire filling in at the Major League level. “He probably needs to go back to Triple-A. You’re up in the big leagues to do a good job and when you don’t do a good job you should be demoted or fired. It’s just like anybody’s job. If I don’t do my job, I go down to Triple-A. There’s no room for that up here. It’s not a knock on the umpires. It’s the integrity of the game. You want to be ab
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