Yep, that’s a pun in the headline. And it’s not a good one. Much like this game.
Braves rookie Brandon Beachy made the Mariners look silly most of the night using a fastball and a solid changeup and good offspeed stuff to shut down Seattle. He struck out nine in six innings. And the Braves bullpen, which is outstanding, did the rest.
Of course dominating the Mariners hitters isn’t exactly something that is new this season. So while Beachy was really good, Mariners manager Eric Wedge was less than complimentary to his team postgame as you can see in the video.
Before the game, Wedge admitted to “sounding like a broken record” when it came to discussing the hope of his team turning things around offensively. The offensive showing later in the evening was a stinging reminder that it won’t be an overnight change.
“You have to stay positive, but you have to stay realistic,” he said.
Realistically, this is going to be a team that will struggle to score runs. But Wedge won’t accept the type of games he saw in the series opener against Atlanta.
“The biggest disappointment for me is seeing individuals going up there time and time again doing the same things expecting results,” he said. “We’ve talked about it repeatedly this year. You’ve got to go up there and be more aggressive. You’ve got to have that fighter’s mentality up there. You’ve got to stick your nose in there. You’ve got to keep your mind in the now and get to it.”
Other quick bullet point notes some with a little sarcasm …
- Dustin Ackley put up the best at-bats of anyone on the team. And yes, he did strikeout on three pitches in one at-bat.
- Mike Carp had two hits, one of them went about six feet, but still, he had two hits. That’s good. He should play more.
- Erik Bedard once said that if he’s going to give up homers, he wants them to be huge homers. Well, he did tonight. Brian McCann’s homer to right-center was crushed and Freddie Freeman’s homer to dead center in the seventh was ridiculous.
- “Those big homers as soon as you let go of it, you’re like, ‘oh that’s gone,’” Bedard said.
- After Freeman’s homer, we all know the game was over, especially with the Braves bullpen. I think even a few of the Mariners knew that too.
- Chone Figgins wasn’t good again tonight and the fans let him know about it. He was hesitant on a ground ball in the third that Brendan Ryan had to make a tough play on. And Figgins also popped out to first with one out and Mike Carp on third base.The loudest cheer of any sort wasn’t the hydros, it was fans booing Figgins.
- Craig Kimbrel has 61 strikeouts in 39 innings. That’s pretty good.
- Maybe the Mariners shouldn’t have DFA’d Eric O’Flaherty. He pitched a perfect inning and has a 1.24 ERA in 31 appearances
- Jack Wilson was playing soccer in the clubhouse before the game. What else does have to do?