Eight pitches make for long night

Papelbon's collapse casts shadow on impressive performances

Updated: June 24, 2010, 12:24 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DENVER -- It took just eight pitches -- the last eight pitches of the night -- to wipe out the glorious improbability of Ubaldo Jimenez, the best pitcher in the National League, being knocked around by a kid who plays as though every day might be his last in the big leagues, a pitcher who tripled his lifetime total of one big-league hit and a survivor whose last home run of consequence in these parts was hit in the state high school championship game in Denver Public Stadium, a lifetime away from ...

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