View Full Version : How many All-Star closers can blow the same game?

07-28-2009, 11:10 PM
Tonight it was nearly two.

Tonight, the Red Sox brought in All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to protect a three-run ninth-inning lead against the last-place A's. The A's could only manage three runs to send the game into extra innings, all with two outs, leaving the go-ahead run at third.

Eventually, the A's, with none on and two out in the 11th, got a double, a single, a stolen base and another single to score two runs and take a 9-7 lead. That allowed them to bring in their All-Star closer, Andrew Bailey.

The Red Sox got the first two men on but made the mistake of sacrificing, moving the tying run to second base, but giving up one of their last three outs. They scored the runner from third, but ended up losing 9-8.

Papelbon has three blown saves this year, and this one came at home to a last place team. The Red Sox bullpen had more than 20 consecutive scoreless innings coming into the game. Tonight their bullpen gave up five runs, three after two were down in the ninth and two after two were down in the 11th.

07-28-2009, 11:32 PM
Nathan blew a save last week..so did Bobby Jenks..maybe tired arm time of year?