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Papelbon blows another one: Sox lose to the Jays, 6-5

Aug 12, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

Jonathan Papelbon doesn’t lead the league in blown saves. But for some reason, it always feels like a bigger deal when he blows one than when someone else does. And he blew another one today, giving Toronto a victory over Boston.

John Lackey was cruising throughout most of the game. He had thrown only around 90 pitches in eight innings, giving up two runs.  Having him come back out for the ninth was a defensible move by Tito. Big series against the Rangers coming up, best to have the pen rested if possible.  Unfortunately, Lackey gave up a leadoff homer to Jose Bautista. That made it 5-3, Sox, so Francona made the call to the pen.

Papelbon: Vernon Wells double and an Adam Lind RBI single, 5-4.  DeWayne Wise pinch runs for Lind and steals second and an Aaron Hill infield single gets him to third. After a strikeout, came the big hit. Check out the video here, because I can’t do it justice.

Ahem. That tied it up, Daniel Bard came in to relieve Paps and a Fred Lewis sacrifice fly later the ballgame was over.

Just an absolutely demoralizing loss for the Sox. One that, should they fall just short of the playoffs this year, will come back to haunt them, I’m sure.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Encanarcion? Liberate the nacho.

  2. Proudly Canadian - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    A great win for Toronto! It sure felt great. My heart bleeds for Boston – NOT!

  3. naz - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    We call him Paplebum in Boston

  4. Ace2000 - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Wait, I think Papelbon actually does now lead the American League in blown saves. That’s number 6, nudging him out of a tie with Brandon League. A couple of guys in the NL have him beat, but still . . . not what you want to see out of your superstar closer.

  5. Proudly Canadian - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    The story should be about the great Toronto comeback rather than the failings of the three Boston pitchers. The fans in most cities are not interested in the Boston bullpen. Think positive vibes Craig! Go Jays Go!

  6. geoknows - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    It seems like a bigger deal when Paps blows a save because it’s absolutely more hilarious than when anybody else does.
    And yes, he does lead the AL in blown saves now.

  7. Infinite Wisdom - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    DEEEEEEEEELICIOUS. Craig, you’re well aware of my opinion on this topic. I believe you quoted me one day. It’s just a lascivious feeling of gooeyness and schadenfreude.

  8. Md23Rewls - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    While I certainly applaud Toronto’s valor today, it’d be more impressive if they hadn’t vomited all over the field while rolling over and playing dead in the previous two games.

  9. Kevin S. - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    This headline could have ended after the second word.

  10. Pisano - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Thanks for the 411 , I thought that was a term of endearment from the Yankee fans . With Bard in the fold , Papelbum should start looking elsewhere for employment next year . I don’t think he should think about New York though , unless it’s the Mets .

  11. Ditto65 - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Lackey will beat him up.

  12. funkygoorilla - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    I cant stand Papelbon after seeing him dance around in his skivies after their WS win. So, keep posting when he fails! It makes my day.

  13. basiltherat - Aug 12, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Much as I enjoyed the moment, big picture-wise it’s worth remembering that the Red Sox have just gone through New York and Toronto without their best player and won four of seven. I’ll say it again: They’re not going away.
    But yes, the world is a happier place every time Assface blows a save.

  14. kyle s - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    until this guy stops doing that stupid pucker face i will continue to celebrate each and every one of his failings. go jays go indeed.

  15. Pisano - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Ditto ,he looks like he’s forcing a load out .

  16. JBerardi - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    I have to say, as a Sox fan, I am getting seriously fed up with Papelbon’s “badass closer” persona thing he does on the mound. With all the pacing around and the long stare-in and the pucker-face BS, it takes the guy like half an hour to record three outs. I could tolerate that when he was dominating everybody, but for a guy who’s the second best reliever on his own team? It’s not a good look.

  17. John_Michael - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    At least he doesn’t have Beckett’s stupid looking necklace.

  18. Jimee Johnson - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Craig Calcaterra is excellent, and rightly focuses on Boston’s closer because he is supposed to preserve, rather than lose, the lead. When Boston loses, their own fans give them hell than Craig ever will. Hey, Mariano Rivera blew the game for New York the other night. Nobody’s perfect!

  19. Jimee Johnson - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:20 PM

    I meant “more” hell!

  20. Proudly Canadian - Aug 13, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    I keep forgetting how many baseball fans dislike either the Red Sox or Papelbon. Still as a Jays fan the story was the great 9th inning comeback. The Jays got the lumber out against all three Boston pitchers. Papelbon should not be given 100% of the credit. Some credit should also go to Salty. A good throw might have caught Wise at second base. Wise did not have a good jump, but Salty bounced his throw to second.

  21. paul - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    The killer of it is he has a habit of blowing two and three run lead save opportunities. Not the 1 run. Example being against New York, one run lead, he faced 4 batters (of course Jeter had a 13 pitch at bat 11 of the pitches were strikes/foul balls but he still managed to walk because umpires won’t call a strike on him at Yankee stadium). Velocity is not there, ERA, opponent batting average, opponent OPS is not there. Doesn’t help the whold bullpen with the exception of Bard is consistently incosistent.

  22. Bigblue Yank - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    So, do you still think you’re better the Mariano?

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