Braves edge Reds in Acuna's big league debut

28 April, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Braves Prospect Ronald Acuna's First Career Homer Was An Absolute Moonshot

Acuna is ranked No. 1 on ESPN Insider Keith Law's top 100 prospects list.

Ronald Acuna Jr. came next with two RBIs, going 3 for 4 with his first career major league home run and double while Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson each had an RBI of their own to round out the scoring for the Braves in the win.

Acuna Jr., rated as the rare five-tool player who can run, hit for average and power, field and throw, won't need long to get a look at what a top-level major league starting pitcher looks like.

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.

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.

It's worth noting the young outfielder struggled in 16 minor league games this season, hitting just.215 with one home run and two RBIs.

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Acuna should immediately slide right into an everyday role for the Braves.

Acuna, called up from Triple-A Gwinnett, moved into the Braves' lineup batting sixth and playing left field Wednesday night in Cincinnati.

His most recent start against them was April 25, 2014, a 5-4 loss in which he gave up five runs over six innings. If he was smart - and a good person - however, he'd beeline for the Braves clubhouse entrance to give the ball to Acuña in exchange for some better merch that is not most notable for having Rob Manfred's name on it. He struck out a season-low one batter. Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and Drew Hutchison each contributed base hits of their own in the defeat. Albies was hit by a pitch by Kevin Shackelford to start the inning.

Bailey allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Newcomb faced the Reds on August 20 of last season, pitching five shutout innings during an 8-1 Braves win. Scott Schebler and Billy Hamilton were 1-for-2 against him, while Scooter Gennett was 0-for-3 and Joey Votto was 0-for-1.

The Braves batted around in the ninth inning and pushed across four runs to tie the game at 7.

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