Great Beatings in Atlanta Braves History
Yes, the Braves truly got their hats handed to them this evening, with a 17-2 crushing at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
However, Braves fans should take heart, because as bad as this beating seemed, in the great scheme of things, it's only one game out of 162, and no matter how badly you lose, it counts in the standings just as much as a 3-2 heartbreaker.
Besides, it's no worse than some of the other defeats the Braves have suffered over the years.
Aug. 22, 2008: Cardinals 18, Braves 3
This was the last time the Braves lost by 15 or more. Several issues made this game even worse:
The winning pitcher was former Brave Adam Wainwright (pictured).
Wainwright even went 3-for-5 at the plate.
The Cards banged out 26 hits.
Braves reliever Matt DeSalvo pitched the fifth inning, gave up six earned runs, and never pitched in the majors again.
At least none of the Cardinals' hits were home runs.
July 30, 1978: Expos 19, Braves 0
This game was typical of late-1980s Braves baseball. Fans would go to the games to see the stars from other teams since Atlanta didn't really have any.
This Montreal team did not disappoint, hammering eight home runs that night, including three from Larry Parrish (pictured) and two from Andre Dawson.
Braves starter Tommy Boggs gave up five runs, all earned, in two innings. It actually went downhill from there, as Craig Skok would go 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs, and Mickey Mahler—yes, that's Rick's older brother—would finish the game with another six runs over 4.1 innings.
June 7, 1996: Rockies 19, Braves 8
Greg Maddux is perhaps the greatest pitcher of our time. Coors Field reduced him to Brad Clontz.
In one of the worst starts of his career, Maddux lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up seven earned runs to the Rockies. As bad as this sounded, he was actually in line for the win.
The Braves led 8-7 going into the bottom of the fifth when Mike Bielecki came in, pitched two-thirds of an inning, and gave up five more runs, including the game's only home run (!) to Dante Bichette.
After that, the floodgates opened, the Rockies scored another seven runs in the seventh inning, and Atlanta didn't score again.
As for the aforementioned Brad Clontz? Two-thirds of an inning, four earned runs.
Sept. 15, 1987: Reds 21, Braves 6
When the other team's pitching is bad, it doesn't take a good manager to win games. Pete Rose's Reds ran up 21 runs on the Braves here, led by five hits and eight RBI from Dave Parker, who had two of the Reds' seven home runs.
On the bright side, Dale Murphy would hit two homers of his own this game, breaking the 40-home run barrier for the only time in his career.
This, however, was negated by Braves starter David Palmer, who gave up five runs in three innings, and Paul Assenmacher, who relieved Palmer for one-third of an inning only to give up five more runs.
Rose, of course, looks sad here because he bet on the "under."
April 5, 2003: Marlins 17, Braves 1
Josh Beckett has always pitched well against Atlanta, but on this night, the stars really fell Florida's way.
Not only was Beckett masterful, but Greg Maddux again fell apart, this time going only two innings and giving up nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits.
Add two innings of Joey Dawley, good for another five runs, and Beckett had plenty of cushion, considering he struck out nine Braves and gave up only three hits in six innings of work.
July 1, 2003: Marlins 20, Braves 1
Yes, it's him again. Three months after the last beating, the Braves had to face Josh Beckett again, this time in Florida.
Beckett was Beckett, going six innings, striking out seven, zero earned runs, ho-hum.
The lamb for slaughter this night was Mike Hampton, who pitched four innings and gave up nine runs, all earned.
Three Marlins players—Luis Castillo, Ivan Rodriguez, and Miguel Cabrera—wound up with four hits each. That's the only time that's happened in Marlins history.
The redemption here, however, is that the Braves would, of course, go on to win the National League East in spite of this performance.
June 8, 1990: Giants 23, Braves 8
You'd like to think eight runs would be enough to win. You'd like to think three home runs couldn't hurt.
However, when you score eight times and still lose by 15, it's not a good sign for your team.
Dale Murphy went 4-for-5 and homered against the Giants here, but it wasn't enough as the San Francisco Giants banged out 27 hits and ran Derek Lilliquist after just three innings.
Things were so bad for the Braves on this day that pitcher Bob Knepper got a hit and two RBI, and then Mike Kingery, who pinch-hit in the sixth for Trevor Wilson, went on to have a three-hit day.
At this point in the season, after 51 games, the Braves were already 14.5 games out of the division lead, and Murphy, pictured here, would be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline.
As bad as things seem here, every Braves fan knows how "wait 'til next year" turned out this time.
June 13, 1999: Orioles 22, Braves 1
On June 13, 1999, the Braves led the NL East. The Orioles trailed in the AL East by 10.5 games and were 11 games under .500.
It only makes sense, then, that the Braves would get swept in convincing fashion.
Yes, the Orioles finished off a three-game dismantling of the eventual National League champions with the worst beating in the history of the Braves franchise.
Cal Ripken (pictured) led the assault with six hits, six RBI, and five runs scored in his six trips to the place. Will Clark threw in two home runs as the Orioles scored in every inning except the second and the eighth.
Meanwhile, the Braves offense was nonexistent, managing only one run—and that came off a Ryan Klesko sacrifice fly.
Braves starter John Smoltz gave up seven runs in just 2.1 innings of work, and four members of the bullpen each gave up two runs or more also.
See? Compared to this, Atlanta's Monday night loss to San Diego is just a bump in the road—perhaps the road to a division title.