Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took the loss Monday night after surrendering a single to Elian Herrera that scored the winning run for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. Papelbon thought he struck out Herrera the pitch before, and he shared his thoughts about home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after the 4-3 loss.
"I thought he was terrible all day," Papelbon said.
Papelbon talked to Reyburn after the inning.
"I wanted to know If he could throw me out for what I was thinking," the former Red Sox closer said. "And if he could, then I thought he sucked. It's that simple."
After suggesting that Reyburn should be demoted to Triple-A, Papelbon insisted: "That's not a knock on him. That's not a knock on the umpires. You're up in the big leagues for a reason -- to do a good job. When you don't do a good job, you should be demoted or fired. … There's no room for that up here."
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