The Braves were outlasted by the Nationals in 11 innings on Wednesday night, squandering an early lead and eventually falling to their division rivals 5-4. The Braves took an early 3-1 behind a great performance by Mike Foltynewicz, who struck out eight while giving up just one run in six innings of work, but a rough seventh inning by Chris Withrow allowed the Nationals to tie the game. Rookie left-hander Jed Bradley took the loss after loading the bases prior to a Wilson Ramos walk-off single against Brandon Cunniff. On a good note, Dansby Swanson hit his first career outside-the-park home run off of fellow top-10 prospect Lucas Giolito.
The Braves’ organizational depth is on full display this week as four different affiliates have reached the postseason in their respective classifications. As Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes, general manager John Coppolella is ecstatic about the direction of the Braves’ loaded minor league system.
The Clemente Award is presented annually to one of 30 players, each of whom is nominated by their respective team, and highlights the philanthropic efforts made by those in Major League Baseball. The Braves have nominated reliever Jim Johnson as their representative in light of his service to youth baseball in Florida and his charity devoted to children battling DIPG, a rare form of brain cancer.
Braves starter Williams Perez will make his next scheduled start according to Michael Cunningham of AJC.com. Perez’ start on Tuesday in Washington was his first since June 7, and the right-hander was tagged for six runs in just 2.2 innings. Once Atlanta’s minor league affiliates have concluded their playoff runs, the Braves may look to a younger, more exciting option to supplant Perez.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game with an apparent injury, though details have yet to be revealed. Strasburg has previously been sidelined with elbow soreness and an upper back strain this season.
Ichiro Suzuki moved into 26th on the all-time hit list on Wednesday night, passing Rafael Palmeiro with a fifth inning single against off the Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson. Suzuki now has 3,021 career hits despite playing in Japan until he was 27.