Acuna hits first HR, leads Braves past Reds
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Apr 28, 2018,
Apr 28, 2018, 10:56
The timing of Acuna's promotion has been a source of consternation among Braves fans all season, as many felt he should've been with the club from Opening Day after laying waste to minor league pitching in 2017 and outhitting the vast majority of the Braves' roster in Spring Training. Albies, who was playing in his 24th game of the season, has three more games to play this month to chase down the all-time record of 23 set by Jermaine Dye with the Royals in 2000.
Acuna became the youngest player in the major leagues on Wednesday at 20 years, 128 days, and went 1-for-5 in his debut. "He gets the bat through the zone incredibly quickly, creating bat speed and power that is jaw-dropping".
Newcomb faced the Reds on August 20 of last season, pitching five shutout innings during an 8-1 Braves win.
The losing pitcher was Shackelford (0-1), who allowed the tying run to score in the eighth and put two runners on in the ninth.
With all of his talent, Ronald Acuna, Jr. will still be learning his way in the major leagues, have his second time through the league, and face the grueling schedule of what remains of a 162-game season the rest of this year. Freddie Freeman led off with his second homer of the night against Amir Garrett. He then added a 19th with a run-scoring double off Scott Schebler in the ninth. It was Iglesias' first blown save of the season. He has already battled the Phillies twice this season and he allowed five runs in 11.2 innings, and the Braves came away with the win in both of those starts.
The second baseman smacked a two-run home run off the Reds' Homer Bailey during Atlanta's series-ending 7-4 win Thursday, giving Albies his 18th extra-base hit of the season.
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