After another poor outing by Mike Foltynewicz, the Braves offense was not able to overcome the big deficit created by the Mariners. Folty made his third start in a row where he gave up at least six earned runs and could not make it out of the sixth inning once again. The Braves offense performed well, but was not good enough to take down the hot-hitting Mariners offense.
After a solar eclipse in the afternoon, the Braves decided not to take batting practice. You probably couldn’t tell the difference though, because they continued to rake Monday night. They out-hit the Mariners, 12-9, and six of eight hitters had at least one knock. The Braves were going up against Andrew Albers, who was just traded from Atlanta to Seattle less than two weeks ago. Albers got the win after going five innings and allowing four runs on six hits against his former team, while Yonder Alonso gave him a lot to work with, racking up three hits and three RBI’s.
Albers not only got the win, but got his first hit, and RBI in his first plate appearance as a Mariner in his first at-bat. It came in the second inning with the bases loaded and two out, where he hit a ball that was deflected by Folty and trickled away to where no player had a chance at getting him out. The Braves responded with two runs in the bottom half of the second, via a Kurt Suzuki home run and an Ender Inciarte RBI later in the inning. Yonder Alonso started his electric night in the fourth inning in a tie game, where he doubled down the right field line to score two. Two innings later, Alonso hit another RBI double off the brick wall that brought in another run to make it a 6-2 Seattle lead. The Braves scored a few in the sixth on an Ozzie Albies triple to bring in two runs, followed by a Dansby Swanson sac fly to put the Braves down by one.
The Mariners bullpen was able to hold down the fort for the remaining three innings, winning the game 6-5. Edwin Diaz recorded his 28th save of the season after a three up, three down ninth. Mike Foltynewicz got his third loss in a row, putting his record at 10-9, and has also shot his ERA up to 4.95 over the past two weeks. Ozzie Albies had another big night, going 2-4 with two RBI’s and notched his third triple of his career already. Meanwhile, Dansby Swanson ended his ten game on-base streak, after going 0-3. Andrew Albers cruised to his second win as a Mariner, but it hasn’t all been him, getting nine runs of support in both starts combined.
Their was much controversy on the Mariners side of things after their manager, Scott Servais, decided to sit Nelson Cruz on the bench. Cruz has been arguably the hottest hitter in baseball in the month of August, while currently riding a twelve game hit-streak. The only problem…. playing in a National League ballpark. Cruz hasn’t played the field since the end of April and came out of that game with a calf injury. Servais said that he couldn’t “afford to lose him”, while of course playing in a national league stadium, Cruz would have to play the field. Whether or not Cruz will play in any game this series is a question that will be answered in the days to come.
The Braves and Mariners prepare for Tuesday for the second game of the set, where Lucas Sims will make the start, coming off of his first Major League win. Marco Gonzales will make his fourth start for the Mariners and hasn’t made it through the fifth inning in any of his three starts this year. The Braves look to not let him make it through the fifth inning again, trying to tie the series at one a piece.