Jonathan Papelbon came within a whisker of strolling to the plate for the first time in his major league career Saturday in Colorado.
Having already entered the game in the eighth inning, the Phillies closer would have batted had Chase Utley not been caught stealing (which ended the inning) and Carlos Ruiz had reached base (which is only happening at a .411 pace this season). Or if Rockies manager Jim Tracy had intentionally walked Ruiz like he should have.
Instead, Papelbon appeared in his 430th career game sans an plate appearance. That is 13th all-time among player without a PA: