Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuna - Braves fans should be excited, but realistic

Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuna - Braves fans should be excited, but realistic

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.

The No. 2 prospect in Major League Baseball made his big league debut Wednesday night for the Atlanta Braves, going a quiet 1-for-5.

Acuna will hit sixth and start in left field tonight for the Braves.

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 Braves rallied with single runs in the eighth and ninth off Reds reliever Kevin Shackelford to win 5-4. Later in Thursday's game, 21-year-old second baseman Ozzie Albies launched his own homer, helping the Braves accomplish a feat not matched in four decades.

The Braves opting not to keep Acuna on the 25-man roster to begin the season also delayed his eligibility for free agency until 2024.

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Acuna has a great arm (and glove) in left field, giving the Braves three great fielding outfielders. 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. He struck out a season-low one batter.

Cubs 1, Brewers 0 • Kyle Hendricks outpitched Chase Anderson with seven crisp innings, and host Chicago stopped Milwaukee's eight-game win streak.

Bailey will oppose Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-1, 3.74 ERA), who will be making his fourth start of the season. It was the third consecutive start in which Newcomb has not received a decision. Today he hit his first homer.

Cincinnati scored four times in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead.

"I just kind of react to the situation", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. Furthermore, Julio Teheran is in a groove on the mound, conceding only three runs in his last 19 innings, and he held the Phillies to one run in six innings 11 days ago, plus the Phillies lineup is only hitting a combined.213 in 164 at bats against him. "I don't have any particular thoughts to it".

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