Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 5

Instant Replay: Braves 12, Phillies 5
September 29, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Cesar Jimenez falls over after allowing a run in the Phillies' 12-5 loss to the Braves on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

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ATLANTA -- The Phillies’ 2013 season mercifully came to a close Sunday. The Phils fell behind early in suffering a 12-5 defeat at the hands of the NL East-champion Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies finished their first losing season since 2002 with nine losses in their last 11 games. The team’s final record was 73-89. It was the club’s fewest wins since 2000. The team scored just 610 runs, its fewest since 1988.

On the plus side, the Phils had one of the 10 worst records in baseball, meaning they won’t have to forfeit their first-round draft pick next June if they sign a top free agent this winter.

The Phils went 20-22 in 42 games under new manager Ryne Sandberg. They lost 24 of their final 31 road games.

Starting pitching report
Zach Miner’s third start in place of sore-shouldered Kyle Kendrick was not good. He allowed seven hits and five runs in 2 1/3 innings. One of the hits was a three-run homer by Evan Gattis in the first inning. Miner faced 15 batters and 10 reached base.

Atlanta’s Julio Teheran improved to 14-8. He went five innings and allowed for runs. He walked none and struck out three.

Bullpen report
J.C. Ramirez and Cesar Jimenez combined to allow five runs out of the bullpen.

At the plate
The Phillies ended their home run drought at 10 games when Erik Kratz clubbed a three-run shot off Teheran in the fourth inning.

Atlanta out-hit the Phillies, 17-10.

Gerald Laird, Atlanta’s backup catcher, had four hits. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons had three.

In the field
Phillies centerfielder Cesar Hernandez made two errors and Jimenez threw a wild pitch that resulted in a run.

Health check
Carlos Ruiz sat out his second straight game with a bone bruise on his left hand. He is slated to become a free agent after the World Series (see story).

Third baseman Cody Asche left the game in the first inning after being struck in the chin by a short-hop throw from the outfield. The ball opened a gash on Asche's chin that required seven stitches to close.

In 50 games (162 at-bats), the 23-year-old rookie hit .235 with five homers and 22 RBIs. He opened eyes by hitting .350 (21 for 60) with two doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in a 17-game stretch before finishing 3 for 33 in his final 11 games.

Asche will come into spring training as the top candidate to win the third base job.

Up next
A busy offseason that starts with a restructuring of the coaching staff (see story).