It has been a rather painful 2013 season for Philadelphia Phillies fans. The season is now history, and the Phillies ended it on a negative note, losing to the Atlanta Braves by a score of 12-5. It was another bullpen start for the Phillies, with Zach Miner getting the nod for the Phillies. Miner had a rough outing, and was jumped on by the Braves early in his 2 and 1/3 innings of work. The rest of the bullpen was not as good as it has recently been for the Phillies, allowing Atlanta to blow the game open and get the easy win.
Julio Teheran started for the Braves today, and did not have a great outing, giving up 4 runs in 5 innings. The Braves jumped out to a 5-0 lead, with the help of a Freddie Freeman RBI single, an Evan Gattis two-run home run, an Andrelton Simmons RBI double, and an Elliot Johnson sacrifice fly. However, Teheran allowed the Phillies back into the game by the fourth inning. A Kevin Frandsen RBI single put the Phillies on the board, and Erik Kratz blasted a three-run home run off of Teheran to make it a one-run game.
The Braves added two more runs on a Jose Costanza single in the fifth inning. It would have been a one-run single, but a Cesar Hernandez error, his second of the game, allowed a second run to score on the play. Three more runs crossed the plate in the home half of the sixth with Elliot Johnson at bat, and the Braves took a 10-4 lead. Cesar Hernandez singled home a run in the seventh for the Phillies, and Johnson added two more RBI in the eighth inning for the Braves.
Six pitchers entered the game for the Phillies today – Zach Miner, J.C. Ramirez, Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus, Joe Savery, and Tyler Cloyd. All but De Fratus and Savery gave up at least two runs in a day where the Braves were swinging the bat well, led by Elliot Johnson's 5 RBI.
So that does it for the 2013 season. The Phillies finish 73-89, an incredibly disappointing mark for a team that came into the season with high expectations. Injuries, offensive inconsistency, and a lackluster starting rotation, among many other things led to this season's disappointing results. This coming week, Phillies 101 will provide a full season review, as well as individual player reviews that will last well into October and November. See the end of the article for more information.
The Braves will move on to the 2013 postseason with the second best record in the National League at 96-66. The Phillies, who were a 102-win team just two seasons ago, head into an offseason full of uncertainty. Spring Training begins in mid-February 2014, but for now, the team will enjoy a much-needed four-plus month break.
Atlanta: Elliot Johnson, Third Base: 2-3, 3B, 5 RBI, BB
Atlanta: Evan Gattis, Left Field: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
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