The Braves picked up an impressive win on Wednesday, with Luiz Gohara outperforming Max Scherzer in the nation’s capital. The 21-year-old pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits while striking out six batters. The Atlanta bullpen followed the strong outing with three scoreless innings in relief from Daniel Winkler, AJ Minter, and Lucas Sims. Atlanta got big contributions from Matt Kemp, Ozzie Albies, and Tyler Flowers on offense as Kemp delivered a homer and four RBI.
The Braves are once again evaluating possibilities for managerial changes in the future, and some familiar names are reportedly at the forefront alongside current manager Brian Snitker.
Per Heyman’s report, if the Braves do decide to make a change then the top two candidates would likely be in-house options in Ron Washington and Bo Porter.
Washington interviewed for the managerial job last offseason before joining Snitker’s staff. He has previous experience with Texas and a seemingly good relationship with Hart. Porter had a stint as manager in Houston before serving as third base coach for Fredi Gonzalez. Porter was moved into the front office after Gonzalez was fired.
The Braves announced their Instructional League roster on Wednesday, and there is plenty of talent to keep an eye on. The roster is a mixture of both domestic and international prospects, many of which will enter the league with big expectations.
These rosters are a lot to take in as there are a lot of names to go through. Baseball America highlights Kevin Maitan, Cristian Pache, Yunior Severino, and Drew Waters as players to look out for, but the roster includes 3rd overall pick Kyle Wright and fellow 2017 draft classmate Freddy Tarnok as well as promising catching prospects William Contreras and Abrahan Gutierrez, infield prospects Jean Carlos Encarnacion and Livan Soto, and outfielder Isranel Wilson. All of these guys (and others) collectively create one of the more talented groups to attend instructs for the Braves.
The Indians are the new record holders for longest winning streak in AL history. The Tribe continued their run of incredible play against the Tigers, winning 5-3 to take sole possession of the AL record.
The Dodgers, in spite of going on an almost impossibly bad run over the past three weeks, have now cut their magic number seven following a win in San Francisco on Wednesday. They also have a 5 1⁄2 game lead for the best record in the National League over the Washington Nationals.