With an ailing bullpen and struggling closer, the Phillies needed Cliff Lee to go deep into Monday’s opener against San Diego. Lee went eight plus innings, but the Phillies imploded once again, blowing a three run lead in the ninth before allowing the Padres to walk off with the 4-3 win in the tenth.
Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save in his last five chances, and the Phillies offense failed again to get the key hit, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position including 0-for-2 with the go-ahead run on third in the tenth.
The Padres won on a Kyle Blanks walk-off single after Justin DeFratus loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsmen.
It’s just the way this whole season has been going.
Another blown save for Papelbon
He was not exactly set up for success. Papelbon, who had blown three saves during the homestand, entered with nobody out and two men on base, after having only one outing this year with an inherited runner to deal with. Lee was partially to blame, and Manu...