Mariners 3, Braves 1

I regret to inform you that the Braves are not going to finish the regular season on a 32 – 0 run. George Kirby and the Mariners bullpen shut down the Braves and ended their 8-game winning streak, dropping them 1/2 game behind the first place Mets. Mets vs. Marlins – Box Score – September 10, 2022 – ESPN

Two solo home runs off Max Fried were all the Mariners needed. Sam Haggerty homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the 5th inning, and Eugenio Suarez added a solo home run with two out in the 6th. Fried went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits and 0 walks, while striking out 6.

The Braves scratched out their run in the 7th. Dansby Swanson led off with a single, then a potential double play ball off the bat of Austin Riley ate up J.P. Crawford for an error. Dansby advanced to 3rd on the play, where he scored on a Matt Olson groundout.

The Crawford error signaled the end of the night for Mariners starter George Kirby, who went 6+ innings allowing 3 hits, 0 walks, and the unearned run, while striking out 6. The Mariners bullpen was perfect over the final 3 innings. Dansby had 2 hits; Vaughn Grissom got the other one.

Jesse Chavez was the non-Atlanta version of Jesse Chavez, allowing a two out walk and an RBI double to extend the lead to 3 – 1 in the 7th. Everybody has to be allowed to give up a run every now and again.

I feel like we have not given enough attention to the fact that the Nationals are 39 games out of first place, and I feel like this is a good time to mention it.

Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh, who went 0 – 4, attended Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, NC. Smoky Mountain’s baseball field was my favorite to visit, back in another decade when I was doing such things. You can sit high on a bank on the 3rd base line and look down at your children playing the game. Your eyes will eventually wander to the highway beyond the right field fence where the traffic is oblivious to your little goings-on. And beyond the highway, a graveyard stretching up a hill. Finally, your eyes settle on a church at the top. Dang ol’ circle of life man, I tell you what.

The Braves will attempt to take the series on Sunday at 4:10 Eastern, Jake Odorizzi and Marco Gonzales scheduled.

Author: Rusty S.

Rusty S. is a Braves Journal reader since 2005 and an occasional innings-eater. It was my understanding that there would be no expectations.

39 thoughts on “Mariners 3, Braves 1”

  1. Rusty S.,

    Thanks for the recap, which is not quite a memento mori but a soulful reminder to be grateful for all things that come our way in this life. A good way to start the day . . . .

    Go, Braves!

  2. Thanks, Rusty–Beautiful. Circle of life indeed. There is something about those mountains in WNC that reminds us of things larger and more permanent than ourselves. And in the midst of change (no shift! pitch clock! larger bases!) those larger truths abide.

  3. On this anniversary of 9-11, I would like to take a moment to remember all those who died and especially my friend Michael Horrocks.
    Michael and I spent a year in the same unit together in the Marines. He was truly a great guy. He was one of the pilots that horrible day.


  4. Thanks, Rusty. And yes, BraveMarine, a day of remembrance indeed. I lost 6 co-workers that day (well, my sister company lost 358, but I only knew 6 of them) and it still resonates loudly.

    On a more apologetic note. I’ll take the responsibility for last night’s loss for failure to answer the question about secondary win streaks. I will do so before the game starts today, but I let the side down. We all have our parts to play. They also serve who can neither run nor hit.

  5. #4/5
    Indeed… Of course, I’m watching the reading of the names on NY1 (local TV) as I visit here…

    I live across from the 59th Street Bridge on the LIC/Queens side. On 9/10 every year around 11 pm, about 800 bikers loudly cross the bridge in tribute — and they did again last night — so it’s an inescapable reminder every time.

    Will be at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. I’m sure it won’t go unnoticed.

  6. @2 and Rusty:

    Lived in Cullowhee for two years. Love that area. Love Smoky Mountain High. Miss it, but such is life. Now I live in New Jersey. What a difference! Haha

  7. Thank you, Rusty.

    High up the mountain, all those important things of the moment fall into perspective. Life teaches even slow learners like this old country boy.

    Thank you again for the good words and reminder. Life’s good. Rejoice and be glad in this now we inhabit.

  8. OK. To refresh, the question was: What is the longest second length streak in a season for a team that had a 14 game or longer streak?

    The 1931 Phillies had streaks of 17 and 13 games.
    The 1935 Cubs had streaks of 21 and 11 games.
    The 1926 Yankees had streaks of 16 and 11 games.
    The 1977 Royals had streaks of 16 and 10 games.
    The 2013 Braves had streaks of 14 and 10 games.

    That is every secondary win streak of 10 games or more by a team that had a maximum win streak that season of 14 or more.

  9. Thanks, JonathanF. I knew you’d come through; you always do. And although I wouldn’t entirely discount the possibility that you’re responsible for last night’s loss, I think George Kirby had a lot more to do with it.

    I wonder if any team has had a streak of 14 or more along with at least two streaks of 8 or more in the same season? I’ll confess I purchased my own Stathead subscription a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t had time to play around with it and figure out how to use it well.

  10. @9 & @10, the team I was thinking of in the previous thread was the 1916 New York Giants . Depending on whether you count a tie as breaking a streak, they either had winning streaks of 26 & 17 games or 17, 14, & 12 games, with the latter two streaks being interrupted only by a tie. The Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball describes the streaks as 26 & 17, but BRef’s game log shows 17, 12, the tie, and 14. I’ll go with BRef & say that the team has the records for the longest second-longest winning streak at 14 and the longest third-longest winning streak at 12. The Giants finished 86-66-3, 5 games out of first. Oddly enough, the 17-game streak was all on the road, and the 26 wins and the tie were all at home.

    A few other things reminded me how different things were 100+ years ago:

    -22 of the team’s 155 games were rescheduled because of rain, wet grounds, cold, and snow.
    -21 of those were played as parts of doubleheaders, in addition to the 5 regularly scheduled doubleheaders.
    -The team only played 5 Sunday games all year, in the (relatively) western cities of Chicago, St. Louis, & Cincinnati.
    -Helped by their 12 doubleheaders that month, the Giants played 36 games in September, going 29-5-2. I assume that’s pretty close to a record for wins in a month.
    – BRef lists game times for 15 of the team’s 9-inning games in September, and 10 of them took between 1:34 and 1:47. Not all were parts of doubleheaders. The games earlier in the year for which times were listed look to have been a little longer, and I wonder if that’s because with shorter days in September and lots of doubleheaders the umpires were a little more careful to keep the games moving.

  11. Would Anderson seriously be worse than Odorizzi? Or Muller? Or Elder? But even with Odorizzi’s failures, there’s no winning without offense. And several of our players have a good history against Gonzales. It’s hard to explain.

    I think our lineup is better with Acuna even at DH. But there’s no power in his swing right now.

  12. P.S. I think Odorizzi is pitching like Smith in Atlanta and Smith is pitching like Odorizzi in Houston. Any possibility it’s the coaching?

  13. Damn, RIP Anthony Varvaro, former braves reliever, killed in a traffic accident on the way to a 9/11 remembrance event.

  14. Keep telling me how good Jansen is. Hanger city

    Jesus F. Fire that dude into the sun. Our 4th best reliever shouldn’t be pitching the 9th

  15. We must have Raisel as closer and let Kenley pitch in earlier innings.

    Crazy stupid not to make a change.

  16. The Mets will win the East because they have Diaz and we have Jansen. That is literally the difference.

  17. I remember last year when Smith blew a crucial west coast game. I looked it up. It was against SF on 9/17.

  18. If this is what it takes to get Snit to demote Jansen to low-leverage innings, then maybe it’s worth it. But let’s be real, Snit will ride or die with Proven Veteran Closers. We just have to deal with it.

  19. Well, that was suboptimal.

    @23, I don’t have data except the free part of BRef, but I figured if I was going to look for another pre-1920 team with multiple winning streaks, I should look at the one that went 116-36. The 1906 Cubs had streaks of 14, 12, 11, and 10, so I expect they have the record for the longest fourth-longest winning streak. Not only that, their three longest streaks were separated by only two losses. From August 6 to September 16 they went 37-2, which will take the suspense out of most any pennant race. Basically, they played like the 2022 Dodgers until late July, then they stopped messing around and went 55-8 the rest of the way.

  20. Yikes guys! I was out of pocket all day and just now sat down to write this recap and pulled up the box score. Kinda glad I didn’t watch this one! I’ll have a recap of this disaster up soon, I know you can’t wait!

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