Sunday, June 29, 2014

Phils drop both ends of doubleheader; fall nine games below .500

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
June 28 2014, 11:35PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

PHILADELPHIA - The Phillies dropped both ends of a day-night doubleheader against the Braves on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park and now sit nine games below .500.

"We have to do things differently," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We definitely have to have more opportunities to score runs. We have to be more consistent putting the pitching and defense together and play more solidly, more consistently."

The Phillies were within striking distance in Game 1 heading into the eighth inning, but Antonio Bastardo imploded surrendering five runs and the Braves went on to win 10-3.

Game 2 moved in a similar fashion as the Phillies were close but surrendered three runs in the sixth and let the game fall out of reach.

Now past the midpoint of the season, the Phillies are on pace to lose 90 games for the first time since 2000 when they dropped 97. The offensive struggles at home are historic, with a batting average (.228) on pace to be the lowest in 100 years.

"I still have faith in the squad," center fielder Ben Revere said. "A lot of things can happen in this game of baseball. We've got the guys to do it. We could go on a roll any time, win a couple series, sweep a couple good teams and we're right back in it. We're at the halfway point, but it's a long, long season. We've got the team to do that."

The Phillies wrap up their four-game series with the Braves on Sunday.

Roster Moves: To make room for Game 2 starter Sean O'Sullivan on the 25-man roster, the Phillies outrighted Ronny Cedeno to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cedeno appeared in just six games for the Phillies after being called up June 6. He went hitless in seven at-bats and struck out twice.

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