Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/25/13

For most of the first three months of the Major League Baseball season, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had been excellent. But for some reason, over his past few outings, the 32-year-old right-hander has fallen apart. On Monday night, Papelbon entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-0 lead over the San Diego Padres. He proceeded to blow his third save in a row and fourth in his last five chances. Maybe this is just a bad stretch of play from him, but man he’s just completely melted down over the past week. Cliff Lee was masterful for eight innings Monday night, holding the Padres scoreless and scattering six hits. But when he opened the ninth inning by surrendering a single to Carlos Quentin and a double to Chase Headley, manager Charlie Manuel called on his closer to finish it out. Papelbon entered and promptly gave up a two-run single to Kyle Blanks, then hit Jesus Guzman to put runners on first and second with no one out. Yasmani Grandal then grounded into a double play, but with two outs, Papelbon threw a splitter to Mark Kotsay that got away from catcher Carlos Ruiz, allowing Blanks to score from third to tie the game at 3. Kotsay eventually walked and Papelbon finally got Alexi Amarista to fly out to center to send the game into extra innings. The Padres won the game in the bottom of the 10th thanks to a bases-loaded single from Blanks. Papelbon had been perfect on save opportunities until June 17, when he blew his first against the Washington Nationals. Including that game he has tossed five innings in his last five appearances, while giving up seven hits and five runs (three earned). He has also walked two batters while only striking out two and allowing two home runs. The eight-year veteran’s ERA has jumped from 1.46 to 2.12 in that span. This could just be a minor blip on the radar of Papelbon’s season, but right now everyone on the Phillies is playing under a microscope. The righty is in the second year of a four-year, $50 million contract and is making $13 million this season. He will definitely be shopped at the deadline if the Phillies are selling. Philadelphia entered the season with baseball’s third-highest payroll at $170.76 million, and the team has only produced a 36-41 record. The Phillies currently sit eight games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East. *Originally posted on Rumors and Rants The post Philadelphia Phillies: Jonathan Papelbon blows third straight save appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs

Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia


UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Gostkowski is best kicker in NFL, according to peers

DeMarco Murray: Running more plays will mean more chances

Harrison Barnes unreasonably unhappy with Warriors offer

Jerry Jones defends Greg Hardy over controversial comments

Weeden bashes Twitter: ‘I don’t need a 12-year-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

WATCH: Derek Holland wipes backside with Blue Jays towel

Is 'Hockey Tough' leading to a much bigger problem?

White Sox bar giving out 'free' beer for every Cardinals homer

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Get to know the four NL playoff teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker