Jonathan Papelbon became the best closer in Phillies history Wednesday night in a 3-2 win over the Pirates.The right-handed closer once again shut down his opponent in the ninth inning, giving him sole possession of first place on the franchise’s saves list. It was almost a surreal way to get the final out recorded, as a short foul ball was tracked down by Jeff Francour who gunned the ball to home so Ruiz could tag the runner trying to score.
Papelbon now with 113 saves, has jumped ahead of Jose Mesa after being tied for four days at 112. His accomplishments have permitted him to shoot up the leader board in 210 games while the beloved Brad Lidge completed 100 saves in just 158 games during the best duration of baseball in the franchise history. Papelbon also becomes one of only four 9th inning specialist to lead two franchises in saves (Boston 219). He also climbed to 13th all-time with a total of 331 completed saves leaping ahead of journeyman John Wetteland.
Papelbon after the game said “A closer is nothing without the players behind him”