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The final game of the 2013 season for the Philadelphia Phillies was essentially a microcosm of the entire season. Forced to heavily rely on a bullpen full of minor-leaguers and a lineup full of inexperienced players, the Braves proved to be no match.
In addition to the mismatch, the game was boring and dragged on. The Phillies were out of it early, making it easy to forget there was even a game being played.
By the time it was over, the Phillies season ended with another disappointing result, as they fell to the Braves, 12-5, in the final game of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.
For eight innings, the bullpen was in control. After everything went wrong with Roy Halladay’s final start, there were plenty of issues with this game in terms of pitching.
Ethan Martin started the game. Luis Garcia, Mike Stutes, Jake Diekman and B.J. Rosenberg all pitched in relief. The five pitchers had combined to hold the Braves to one run on eight hits, walking four and striking out seven. It certainly wasn’t a golden performance, but it was more than enough as the Phillies clawed a few runs across for what appeared to be a comfortable lead.
When the ninth inning rolled around, it turned out to be less than comfortable. If not for a diving stop and great defensive play by Jimmy Rollins, the game may have ended differently. Instead, Rollins’ spectacular play saved the game for the Phillies and Jonathan Papelbon in a 5-4 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.
Let’s be honest. With three games left in the season and a dismal record, there isn’t much reason to watch the Phillies. But if you did on Friday night, Cliff Lee and Kris Medlen made sure it didn’t take up too much of your night.
Lee and Medlen traded seven scoreless innings apiece before Chris Johnson belted a solo home run to lead off the eighth. That was the only run of the game. The two teams combined for five hits.
That was the entertainment quality that was in a 1-0 Braves win over the Phillies on Friday at Turner Field.
As this dismal season comes to a close, the Phillies opened their final five games the same way the final 10 began, with a loss.
Falling to 72-86, the Phillies are preparing to close the season in Atlanta. But first, they lost at the hands of the miserable Marlins.
The Phillies are going out with a whimper, losing in five of six games. That included Wednesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Marlins.
Tyler Cloyd was limiting the damage until the sixth inning hit him hard. The Phillies had four inning left to mount a comeback, and they got right to work in the bottom of the sixth.
There was a problem to the method, however. The Phillies were also racing against time. As heavy rain started to approach the ballpark, the Phillies were guaranteed the bottom of the sixth, facing a four-run deficit. They scored three runs quickly and still had a chance for more with one out. The Phillies never managed to get the tying run aboard.
That was the last time the Phillies would come to the plate. The rain took over and ended the game early as the Mets held on for a 5-4 win in seven innings on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
There were two milestones in sight for Cole Hamels. One was easily attained. The other one was not.
Hamels struggled early against the Mets as the Phillies officially clinched what was inevitable.
With 10 games remaining and just one loss separating the Phillies from a .500 record and their first losing season since 2002, the chances of the Phillies avoiding the losing season were slim to none.
The Mets struck early and the Phillies, despite getting chances, failed to rebound, losing to the Mets, 6-4, on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Wednesday night’s 10th-inning scenario was all too familiar for the Phillies. The result was as well.
The Phillies had found themselves in position to rebound from a late-inning run only to fall short. An error and an extra-base hit had given the Phillies that chance. But moments later, the game was over with the opposition celebrating a win on the field.
The Marlins used a 10-inning home run by Ed Lucas and staved off a Phillies’ rally to claim a 4-3 win over the Phillies and avoid a sweep on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »
Freddy Galvis had already homered on the night. But it was a sacrifice bunt that gave the Phillies all the insurance they need.
Galvis went 3-for-3 with a home run and fell a triple shy of the cycle, driving in two runs.
It was just part of the offense that led the Phillies to a 4-2 win over the Padres on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Padres call Petco Park home, but the dogs were out at Citizens Bank Park for the first “Bark in the Park” night in the ballpark’s history.
The Padres also looked right at home in the Phillies home park, jumping out to an early lead and building on the struggles of Tyler Cloyd.
Coming off a weekend sweep of the Braves, the Phillies returned to struggling at the plate and did not get a solid start out of Cloyd, as the Padres rolled to an 8-2 win on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Cole Hamels had done everything for another win. Much like his start against the Nationals earlier in the week, Hamels limited the damage throughout the game. In fact, only one hitter could solve him on Sunday afternoon.
If not for Evan Gattis, Hamels would have been dealing his best masterpiece to date in his career. Gattis accounted for the only two Atlanta hits in the game, both tremendous solo home runs, including one in the seventh to tie the game.
But the Phillies had a right-handed home-run hitter of their own. Darin Ruf supplied an early RBI in the first that stood as the difference all the way to Gattis’ second blast. It was Ruf using the long ball that made the difference in the end, as his solo home run in the bottom of the eighth put the Phillies in front in a 3-2 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.