ATLANTA (AP) — Ryne Sandberg sees the Phillies’ final loss of a disappointing season as a reminder that improved pitching depth should be a goal for 2014.
Zach Miner was knocked out in the third inning after giving up five runs, and Philadelphia closed its worst finish in 13 years with a 12-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Six Phillies pitchers combined to allow 12 hits and walk nine batters.
“It’s a tough go,” Sandberg said. “It just stresses more the importance of depth in pitching and stabilizing and making decisions on the pitching staff next year and also have backup depth at pitching.”
Miner made only his third start of the season.
Philadelphia (73-89) finished fourth in the NL East with its worst record and finish since 2000, when it was last at 65-97.
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