Michael Harris II hits 2 homers, but Kenley Jansen blows the save in Seattle

SEATTLE — Instead of celebrating Michael Harris II’s first profession two-homer efficiency and what would have been the season’s biggest comeback victory, Braves supervisor Brian Snitker discovered himself answering questions on nearer Kenley Jansen at T-Mobile Park on Sunday.

“He was fairly good on Friday evening,” Snitker stated. “He simply had a foul day, that is all. He’s main the league in saves.”

(*2*) for Jansen, none of his MLB-high 33 saves or Friday’s good inning mattered as he allowed a pair of ninth-inning residence runs in an 8-7 loss to the Mariners. Making the blown save extra painful was the proven fact that the Braves had taken the lead by tallying 5 runs with two outs in the prime of the ninth.

“I am unable to look again,” Jansen stated. “We’ve obtained one other recreation tomorrow. I’ve obtained to proceed to battle and keep optimistic.”

How rapidly can feelings change inside the baseball world? Well, when the Braves ran their successful streak to eight video games with Friday’s victory, they moved into sole possession of first place in the National League East for the first time this season. But after dropping the ultimate two video games of the sequence at T-Mobile Park, they’re now 1 1/2 video games behind the Mets.

This newest loss got here in the center of a postseason setting. A sold-out crowd noticed Harris, Julio Rodríguez and Eugenio Suárez every get pleasure from two-homer video games. Harris and Rodríguez turned the first set of gamers in AL/NL historical past aged 21 or youthful to have two-homer performances in the similar recreation.

“It’s a troublesome loss, but nothing to hold our heads about,” Harris stated.

With 22 video games remaining, the Braves can nonetheless seize a fifth consecutive division title and achieve an enviable bye to start the postseason. But with no room for error over the subsequent few weeks, there’s motive to query whether or not the staff can afford to maintain Jake Odorizzi in the rotation and Jansen in the nearer’s function.

Snitker stated he is not the man to ask about Odorizzi, who had the Braves in a gap on Sunday after permitting 4 runs over simply 3 2/3 innings. But whereas the entrance workplace would possibly resolve whether or not Kyle Muller will get promoted to interchange Odorizzi, Snitker should resolve learn how to use Jansen, who has blown seven of 40 save alternatives, together with three of his previous seven.

“Today, he did not have it and we misplaced the recreation,” Snitker stated of Jansen. “That’s a troublesome job. One of the hardest jobs in baseball is pitching that ninth inning.”

Few know this higher than Jansen, who ranks ninth all-time with 383 profession saves. The problem of this newest project was enhanced by the proven fact that it did not appear to be he’d be wanted. Harris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth and Robbie Grossman gave the Braves a 7-6 lead with a two-run homer two batters later.

“We had the potential to have certainly one of our greatest wins of the 12 months, but they’re good, too,” Snitker stated.

Rodríguez drilled a dangling slider over the left-field wall for a one-out homer in the ninth, and Suárez ended the recreation by hitting his walk-off homer in opposition to a flat two-seamer. This was simply the fourth time in 755 profession appearances Jansen has allowed two homers in a recreation. The solely earlier time he’d completed so in a save state of affairs was May 18, 2013, when the Braves beat the Dodgers courtesy of the back-to-back, ninth-inning homers Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons hit in opposition to Jansen.

“Stuff like that occurs,” Jansen stated. “You can name it unfortunate or no matter. I am unable to let this trouble me. I’ve been by means of this example too many occasions. It can look ugly now to all you guys. But you simply have to remain affected person with it.”

Jansen allowed two runs in each of his ultimate two August appearances after which appeared to discover a groove as he saved opponents scoreless in 4 of his 5 September appearances. This newest outing brought on the veteran apparent ache, but it additionally appeared to encourage him.

“You’ve simply obtained to look ahead,” Jansen stated. “It’s occurred to me in many different conditions. Sometimes issues do not look the approach anyone needs it to look. I simply should make it optimistic.”

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