The Washington Nationals were up 6-4 in Kansas City headed into the ninth. Tanner Roark gave them 7 1/3 solid innings, and everyone but Bryce Harper got a hit. They had a great chance to beat NBA center-sized pitcher Chris Young, but then Jonathan Papelbon, the maddest Jonathan in baseball, gave up five hits and three runs, including a walk-off single from Lorenzo Cain.
Papelbon is, historically speaking, a very good closer, but he’s starting to show some signs of decline this season. He’s blown two saves, which is fine, but more worryingly, his fastball is notably less dangerous in 2016.
So, can you sneak a piece of cheese past a very hungry rat? What do you think? Looks like no, you ask me.