The Braves finished off an impressive trip to Pittsburgh with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday, with Julio Teheran tossing seven innings of one-run baseball. Teheran has now produced consecutive solid starts after struggling for much of the season, which bodes well for an Atlanta team looking to solidify its rotation down the stretch. The offense staked Teheran to an early lead as Ronald Acuña Jr. delivered yet another leadoff home run, his sixth to leadoff a game this season and 20th overall. The bats would go quiet until an eighth inning rally led to a Freddie Freeman sacrifice fly to left field, which gave Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Jonny Venters would come on in the ninth for the save opportunity, which he would convert for his second save of the season and first as a Brave since 2011. The Braves victory combined with a Phillies loss gives Atlanta a three-game cushion in the division as they now head to Miami for a weekend series with the Marlins.
With Kurt Suzuki needing a couple days to rest his injured left arm, the Braves called up catcher Chris Stewart from Triple-A to back up Tyler Flowers. Stewart was with the big club in a similar capacity early in the season, and should provide solid defense if called upon. Michael Reed will return to Gwinnett as he continues to shuttle back and forth almost weekly.
Though much of the 2018 season remains, it is never too early for a peak at what lies ahead for next season, when the Braves will open in Philadelphia, then return home to host the Cubs for their home opener. The season ends with trips to Kansas City then to New York to face the Mets.