Mayberry Bails Out Papelbon, Phils End Half at .500

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 14, 2013 06:20 PM | Comments: 6
2013 Game Recaps

John Mayberry Jr. singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth after Jonathan Papelbon‘s blew his fifth save to grab a 4-3 victory for the Phillies. The win puts the Phillies at 48-48 entering the All-Star break and, coupled with today’s Braves loss, puts them just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race. The 48-48 mark is 6.5 game better than last year’s 37-50 at the All-Star break and is six games ahead of last year’s 42-54 pace through 96 games played.

Papelbon Wastes Fine Hamels Outing

Cole Hamels notched his third straight quality start, scattering eight hits in eight innings pitched, walking none and giving up just two earned while striking out seven. Hamels benefited from a first inning, two-run RBI double from Dom Brown and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. Hamels was en route to his third straight win, handing the 3-2 game over to Papelbon in the ninth.  Papelbon allowed Dayan Viciedo to reach via single and Viciedo’s pinch runner Blake Tekotte stole second. Josh Phegley singled Tekotte home to knot the game at three. After a scoreless bottom of the ninth and top of the tenth, Chase Utley doubled in the bottom of the tenth off of former IronPig David Purcey. Purcey would intentionally walk Jimmy Rollins to face Brown. Brown advanced both runners on a fielder’s choice and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked. Mayberry singled up the middle to win the game 4-3.

.500 at Last

The Phillies are now 6.5 back of the NL East lead for the first time since June 22, ending a ten game homestand with seven wins and reached .500 for the first time since June 7. The Phillies sit just 5.5 back of the Cincinnati Reds with just the Nationals (0.5 games) and the Dodgers (0.5 games as of press time) in between. The Phillies will resume their season on Friday July 19 when the Phillies start a tough, nine-game road trip at Citi Field.

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  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    I don’t know whether Papelbon is hurt or not but there is no question he’s gassed. His velocity is down by 2 to 3 mph and he just doesn’t get the swings and misses at his split that he was early in the season which to me is disheartening. Purely from a selfish standpoint, I thought he had the best chance of bringing back significant talent in a trade. Regrettably I just can’t get on board with this team as configured and am looking to the deadline for some additional pieces for the farm.

  • Posts: 0 Scooter

    Whatever else happens, please unload Papelbon. He’s overrated, overpaid, and eating up payroll that we need to spend elsewhere. Closer by committee until somebody emerges.

  • Posts: 1 Rick Schu less

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    Totally agree with what Scooter has to say on Papelbon.Send him out of town Ruben.

    • Posts: 2889 Chuck A.

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      And just who is going to close games should the Phils be legitimate contenders…which IS possible.???

      • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

        I know they won but the White Sox are pathetic and just took this team to three extra inning games. This team does not have a consistent, reliable and fundamentally sound lineup to win a championship. If you can get value for any player on this roster be it Utley, Rollins or Papelbon don’t hesitate make the move .

  • Posts: 0 Robotski

    Papel-bum must pick up his game!

    He is way too inconsistent to be anyone’s close.

    Papel-bum must go.

    While it is encouraging to see the Phils play better ball, just don’t like the chemistry of the team.

    Trade Papel-bum for some prospects or someone who can play center field. Go with Bastardo as the closer. Yes Bastardo would be a risky option, but so is Papel-bum.

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