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Despite his controversial statements off the field, it’s impossible to deny that the play of Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (7/7 saves, 1.26 ERA) has been a highlight of the pitching staff since his 2012 signing.
On Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, Papelbon’s success was rewarded as he recorded his 113th save in a Phillies uniform, surpassing the previous franchise record set by Jose Mesa.
The record-breaking save didn’t come easily for Papelbon. He gave up a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli to start the 9th inning before striking out Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. A pickoff attempt that sailed over Ryan Howard’s head allowed Cervelli to advance to third base with one out. The game ended after Phillies right fielder Jeff Francoeur recorded his second outfield assist of the year, completing a double play by throwing out Pirates pinch runner Steve Lombardozzi at home plate.
Carlos Ruiz, Ben Revere, and Freddy Galvis provided all of the offense for the Phillies, each plating a RBI in the bottom of the 5th inning. Galvis continues to lead the team with a .336 batting average.
Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.53 ERA) had a solid start, giving up five hits and two earned runs while striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Philadelphia will look to split the four-game series with Pittsburgh on Thursday at 1:05 p.m as former Phillie Vance Worley (2-2, 4.63 ERA) takes the hill against Aaron Harang (3-3, 2.38 ERA).