The Braves followed up their 5-2 victory over the Phillies in Game 1 of their double-header with an 8-0 shutout in Game 2, featuring breakout performances from their two stars.
Ronald Acuña, who hit a home run in Game 1, went 4-4 with two home runs in Game 2, pushing his average over .260, his OBP near .400, and giving him four homers on the season. I guess the dreads aren’t bad luck after all. As expected, the 22-year-old phenom is starting to hit on all cylinders in week three of the season, which is a nightmare for the rest of the NL East.
Acuña’s not the only star who broke out during the double-header either. Freddie Freeman racked up six hits on Sunday, three in each game. Of those six hits, one was a home run, which he told the media after the game fulfilled a promise to his good buddy Jason Heyward, who now plays for the Cubs.
Freddie Freeman told his close friend Jason Heyward that he'd hit a home run for him on Heyward's 31st birthday Sunday, since the Cubs didn't play. Freeman delivered.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 9, 2020
The two came up together as prized prospects in the Braves farm system a decade ago.
Following today’s two-game sweep of the Phillies, the Braves sit 11-6 and atop the NL East by a half-game over the Marlins. However, with half the Miami roster on the COVID-19 list, it’s doubtful they’ll be able to sustain their winning ways. The Braves have at least a 3.5 game lead over the rest of the division, who are all currently multiple games under .500. That’s quite significant, as we are nearly one-third of the way through the season.