Luiz Gohara and all the contributing members of the Braves bullpen were touched up on Wednesday as Atlanta fell in game one. Gohara flashed some of the upside that scouts have raved about, but his battles with command crept up as well. The left-hander completed four innings, allowing six runs with six strikeouts and four walks. It remains to be seen how the Braves will handle Gohara going forward, but there have been indications that he could see more work as a starter down the stretch.
In game two, the Braves turned to Julio Teheran as they looked to salvage one half of the doubleheader. Though he would exit after just five innings, Teheran did enough to protect an early Braves lead that was built around a five-run second inning. Teheran would allow three runs, but leave with a 5-3 lead. AJ Minter would enter and allow a single run, but the Atlanta bullpen held for the final three innings to give the Braves a one-run win.
Our own Brad Rowland takes a look at Rio Ruiz and how he projects in 2018, including his candidacy to take over as the full-time starter. The Braves have seen their share of struggles at third base since Chipper Jones retired following the 2012 season, but there is hope that Ruiz, given his youth and upside, could be the answer going forward.
There is really nothing left to say at this point... I like him, you like him, the Braves like him, and now Pipeline is showing some love for the young phenom. This may not be the last accolade collected by Acuna as the minor league season ends, but it is always a big deal when Pipeline speaks this highly of a prospect. Congratulations to Ronald on an incredible season.
The Indians are playing like a team that wants to avenge last year’s heartbreaking ending, and are reeling off victories as they march toward the postseason. Their winning streak has now reached 14 straight, which is 11 more than is necessary to be considered a “winning streak” in the eyes of Lou Brown.
Whatever is in the water in Cleveland has obviously made its way to Phoenix as well, as the Diamondbacks now have a winning streak of 13 games after a sweep of the Dodgers, who own baseball’s best record by a wide margin. JD Martinez has been a huge mid-season pickup for the Snakes as they look to continue their winning ways against the Padres this weekend.