Acuna is rated as one of the top prospects in baseball.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies, the two youngest players in the major leagues, homered and combined for five RBIs to lead Atlanta over the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Thursday and give the Braves a split of the four-game series.
Honestly we're not sure who's more excited: Acuna, Acuna's teammates, or the Braves fan who caught the ball and bailed to figure out what merch he wants from the rookie.
The losing pitcher was Max Fried (0-1), who was making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Dye set that mark in 25 games, and Albies could have played in as many as 29, but the horrendous month of weather that has cost Major League Baseball a total of 26 games led to the postponement of two Braves games (April 15 vs. the Cubs and 22nd vs. the Mets). The Braves, however, understandably appear to have wanted to keep Acuna in Triple-A long enough to delay his free agency by a full year.
The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves as the NL East rivals kick off a three game series Friday night from Citizens Bank Park. Acuna then scored an insurance run when Dansby Swanson singled to left. Acuna was greeted in the dugout by the traditional silent treatment and walked nearly the entire length of the dugout, exchanging phantom high-fives, before his teammates pounced to celebrate.
That is one more season he is under contract with the organization.
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Albies, who was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, gave Atlanta an insurance run with a run-scoring double in the ninth inning.
Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision.
BC-BBN-Braves-Reds, 348Acuna, Albies homer as Braves win 7-4, drop Reds to 5-20AP Photo OHJM105, OHJM106, OHJM205, OHJM207Eds: APNewsNow. Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and Drew Hutchison each contributed base hits of their own in the defeat.
Newcomb faced the Reds on August 20 of last season, pitching five shutout innings during an 8-1 Braves win.
"I just kind of react to the situation", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.
Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. "Tonight (Wednesday) I felt like I had four guys I was going to use".