Braves' Acuna set for major league debut

Braves' Acuna set for major league debut

Braves' Acuna set for major league debut

Twenty-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna will join the major league club Wednesday, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

"Acuna will serve as Atlanta's starting left fielder and attempt to bolster a lineup that has tallied a National League-high 122 runs without him", Bowman wrote.

With the Braves in the midst of a 10-game road trip, the soonest Atlanta fans can see their new prized possession at home is Friday, May 4 against the Giants.

The losing pitcher was Max Fried (0-1), who was making his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. In 55 games between the two teams he batted.269 with four home runs, 18 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.

Dye set that mark in 25 games, and Albies could have played in as many as 29, but the horrendous month of weather that has cost Major League Baseball a total of 26 games led to the postponement of two Braves games (April 15 vs. the Cubs and 22nd vs. the Mets). By waiting until now to call up Acuna, the Braves pushed back his timetable for becoming a free agent until 2024.

The Braves tied the game at 4 in the eighth against Shackelford. Acuna then scored an insurance run when Dansby Swanson singled to left.

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His most recent start against them was April 25, 2014, a 5-4 loss in which he gave up five runs over six innings.

Ozzie Albies' prolific start has earned him a spot in Braves history, and he has time to try and push that to rewrite the Major League Baseball record book too. He began the 2018 season with the renamed Gwinnett Stripers, with many anticipating a call-up for the Braves' homestand that wrapped up Sunday.

Bailey will oppose Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-1, 3.74 ERA), who will be making his fourth start of the season.

The Atlanta Braves will look to build some steam after salvaging a series split with Cincinnati, including taking down the Reds by a final score of 7-4 in the series finale on Thursday. Today he hit his first homer.

The winning pitcher was Sam Freeman (1-1), who threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

"I just kind of react to the situation", Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. Speaking of Newcomb, he gave up all four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision.

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