Ronald Acuna Jr. (26-Atlanta Braves) has reached the coveted 50-steal plateau for the season.
Acuna Jr. started in right field and went 3-for-4 with one home run, one walk, two runs scored and two RBIs in an 11-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at Truiste Park in Georgia, USA. He is batting .333 (19-for-57) in his last 15 games and .346 (9-for-26) in his last seven.
He was on fire from the start. In the bottom of the first inning, Acuna Jr. led off with a single up the middle and promptly stole second base. With the steal, he became the first big leaguer in six years to reach 50 stolen bases in a season since Dee Strange-Gordon (Miami Marlins-60) and Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati Reds-59) in 2017.
He is “the first player to hit 20 or more home runs and steal 50 or more bases before Aug. 1,” according to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB). Atlanta scored six runs in the first inning, thanks in large part to Acuna Jr. It was the sixth time this season that the Braves scored five or more runs in the first inning, improving to 66-36 (.647 winning percentage).
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a 6-1 lead, Acuna Jr. hit his 24th home run of the season over the center field fence to continue his cruise to the 40-40 club. The 40-40 mark has been accomplished in MLB history only by Jose Canseco in 1988, Barry Bonds in 1996, Alex Rodriguez in 1998 and Alfonso Soriano in 2006. Considering that Domingo Herrmann’s (New York Yankees) perfect game last June was the 24th in the big leagues, 40-40 is one-sixth of a perfect game. 토토사이트
According to MLB.com, Acuna Jr. is currently on pace for 38 homers and 79 doubles and “has a chance to become the fifth player in history to hit 40-40. “I’m really happy with 50 steals. But I still have a long way to go and I want to steal more bases.”