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.
The Braves jumped on the board with a three-run first. Freddie Freeman singled home the game’s first run before Evan Gattis belted a two-run home run.
Two more runs would score in the third on an RBI double by Andrelton Simmons and a sacrifice fly by Elliot Johnson.
Zach Miner, who started for the Phillies, exited the game in the third inning after allowing five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.
The Phillies would go on to use J.C. Ramirez, Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus, Joe Savery and Tyler Cloyd for the remainder of the game.
Down 5-0, the Phillies trimmed the lead in the fourth. Kevin Frandsen hit a one-out RBI single to get the Phillies on the board. With two outs, Erik Kratz belted a three-run home run to left to cut the lead to one.
That was as close as the Phillies would get, however, as the Braves added two more runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Jose Constanza. Three more runs scored in the sixth on a wild pitch and a two-run triple by Elliot Johnson. Johnson struck again for his fifth RBI of the day, driving in a pair on a single in the eighth to cap the scoring.
The Phillies added one final run in the top of the seventh, as Cesar Hernandez singled to plate Kratz.
The Phillies dropped to 73-89 to close the season, their worst record since 2000, and finished in fourth place in the NL East.
L: Zach Miner (0-2)