Jonathan Papelbon finally blew a save. Until Saturday's game against the Rays, the Phillies' closer was a perfect 17 for 17 in save opportunities. Yet he still found a way to contribute to the 7-6 win. Papelbon may have given Jim Thome just the inspiration he needed to hit his 13th career walkoff home run. "I came into the clubhouse and I said 'whoever walks this guy off, I'll give him five grand,'" Papelbon said. "I didn't think Jim would do it right off the bat." Thome did not give any of his teammates a chance to collect on the bounty -- he was the first and last batter in the bottom half of the ninth, blasting a shot into the left field stands. Papelbon said he immediately wrote the check. Thome would not confirm if payment had been made.
Papelbon placed bounty for a walkoff homer
CSN Philly | Jun 24