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Jonathan Papelbon Strikes Out Three in a Row for the Save

BOSTON - APRIL 7: Pitcher Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after earning a save against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 7, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Todd FarinoCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009
Jonathan Papelbon felt good going into the ninth inning to shutdown the Rays; however, it didn't go his way. He walked Iwamura to start the inning, and then promptly allowed him to get to 2B on a throwing error. Bartlett then singled to center, but Iwamura held at 2B to make sure it wasn't caught and they held him up at third base.
Papelbon then struck out Carlso Pena, B.J. Upton, and Carl Crawford to lock up the game. He looked absolutely dominating against the last three batters throwing all fastballs and topping out at 97 MPH.
Papelbon said he had to go into "punchout mode", and he certainly did. Tonight showed us that he is clearly the best closer in baseball. At least for now.
If you are a Papelbon owner, the 2.00 WHIP tonight wasn't you wanted, but three strikeouts and a save was well worth it.

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