The line on these Atlanta Braves is that you’d better do your scoring against them in the first seven inning because they’re too good over the final two frames from the bullpen to make any sort of dent.
Yeah, it was tough seeing onetime Mariners pitcher Eric O’Flaherty out there locking down the eighth inning — what did Seattle get for him, again? Oh yeah, never mind.
Then, it was closer Craig Kimbrell out there in the ninth and, well, this offense never had a chance.
So, a 3-1 loss. The Mariners are back to two games behind the Rangers.
Sniff! Sniff! What’s that I smell? Smoke?
And wait, what’s that noise? Is it fiddling? Nah.
Anyhow, three hits against Braves starter Brandon Beachy wasn’t going to get it done, even if one was a home run by Adam Kennedy.
Erik Bedard gave it the ole’ Canuck try, but a two-run homer by Freddie Freeman in the seventh pretty much ended it. If not, the double-play grounder by Franklin Gutierrez in the bottom of the frame certainly did.