Braves: Ronald Acuña joins rare company with monster performance against Athletics

Braves: Ronald Acuña All Star Selection 2022

Tuesday night was all about two people — Kyle Wright and Ronald Acuña. The former’s start began by giving up three straight singles, resulting in two runs before an out was even recorded. However, Wright settled down to toss a career-high eight innings without allowing another run to cross the plate.

Acuña started the Braves half of the first with a bang, a no doubter to straightaway center field. He also delivered with another iconic celebration, this time paying homage to Trae Young.

Two innings later with the score the same, it was that same BAD man that brought the Braves even with a 464-foot shot.

Acuña’s second homer of the night put him in some rare company. It was his eighth game with multiple homers as a leadoff hitter, tying him with Felipe Alou for the most in Braves history since 1901.

That 464-foot blast also gave Acuña his 13th homer of over 450 feet since 2018, which ties him for the most over that time span. Unbelievably impressive when you consider all the time he’s missed with injury.

However, as dominant as Acuña and Wright were on Tuesday, the Braves don’t earn their sixth straight win without a clutch home run from an unexpected source. Adam Duvall was scratched as a precaution just hours before the game. Enter Guillermo Heredia, who came up with the game-winning knock in the bottom half of the seventh.

As a whole, the Braves didn’t play their best baseball, but they did do enough to take care of business against a struggling Athletics squad. Ian Anderson will lead the troops tomorrow in the series finale, as they take aim at their seventh consecutive win.

Photo: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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