Braves 2, Phillies 1
Game 162 - Sunday Afternoon, September 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 73-89, 5th Place, 23 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The 2014 Phillies shuffled off into the history books with a 2-1 loss to the Braves.
What It Means: It means the Phillies finished with an identical record as 2013. No forward momentum, no big set back, just the status quo for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies. In 2015, they'll try to avoid a third straight losing season for the first time since the dark ages of 1994 through 2000.
What Happened: Cole Hamels turned in another great performance . . . and suffered his ninth loss of the year. Hamels allowed two runs on three hits in his eight innings of work while striking out seven. The sole Phillies run came when Ben Revere grounded into a double play in the eighth and Freddy Galvis scored from third.
Featured Card: I had to come up with a team leader template for this year's Chachi set, since there were no leaders cards within the original 1988 Topps set. I decided to use the Team Leaders cards that I mocked back in this post, and I've tried to mimic the faded border of the photos in the originals. I'll feature the other Phillies Team Leaders, as depressing as they may be, throughout the coming weeks.
Memory Lane - Game 162
This is the sixth season in a row I've summarized the daily happenings of the Phillies, and I'll be back for a seventh season in 2015. Again, I know you're going to get better analysis and more frequent updates elsewhere, but I do this because it's fun for me. I sincerely enjoy the interaction with all my readers, and thank you for sticking around during this long season.
October 4, 2009 - Catcher Paul Hoover singled in the winning run in the 10th in a 7-6 win over the Marlins.
October 3, 2010 - The Phillies lost 8-7 to the Braves in their final tune-up before facing the Reds in the N.L.D.S.
September 28, 2011 - The Phillies closed out the 2011 regular season with a 13-inning victory against the Braves, setting a franchise record with their 102nd regular season win.
October 3, 2012 - The Phillies closed out their 2012 season with a lethargic 5-1 loss to the N.L. East Champion Nationals.
September 29, 2013 - Zach Miner got the ball for the Phillies and lasted 2 1/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Braves.
Let's go Angels!