Ronald Acuña Jr. Homers in Braves 90th Win Over Dodgers

From wedding bells to record-breaking plays, Acuña shines.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Ronald Acuña Jr. Homers in Braves 90th Win Over Dodgers
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LOS ANGELES -- Dodger Stadium witnessed Ronald Acuña Jr. power again as he homered for the third consecutive night, propelling the surging Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 win over the Dodgers on Saturday. Acuña's 454-foot missile to centre field was clocked at an impressive 121.2 mph, marking the hardest-hit ball in the 2023 MLB season.

"I didn't expect that kind of exit velocity. It sure felt great," Acuña commented, sharing the euphoria of the moment. With strong support from the mound, Bryce Elder crafted six stellar innings, ensuring the Braves' victory train continued.

With a record of 90-45, the Braves registered their sixth straight win and proudly stood as the first MLB team to touch 90 victories this year. Anticipation fills the air as Atlanta prepares for a four-game sweep in this high-profile clash of National League titans on Sunday.

Ronald Acuña Jr. Historic Season Continues

Having exchanged vows just north of LA earlier in the week, Acuña continued his spectacular form, overshadowing Dodgers' ace, Mookie Betts, in the NL MVP race. His astounding third-inning homer, his 32nd this season, solidified his unique record of being the only player with 30 homers and 60 steals in a single season.

The achievement didn't go unnoticed, with his peers playfully challenging his capabilities. As LA tried to counter, Austin Barnes' double was soon converted into a run, courtesy of Will Smith, levelling the score at 1-1. However, the real game-changer was Orlando Arcia's 10th-inning three-run homer, driving the Braves to a 4-1 lead.

Recalling his teammate's stupendous homer, Arcia was lost for words, settling on a simple, "Unbelievable." Michael Tonkin (6-2) and Raisel Iglesias played crucial roles in ensuring Atlanta's success despite Max Muncy's best efforts to keep LA's hopes alive.

Mookie Betts had a quiet evening, culminating in a telling strikeout with loaded bases. Meanwhile, Atlanta's pitching prowess was evident as Emmet Sheehan of the Dodgers conceded a run, and Elder maneuvered skillfully, fending off challenges.

Maintaining their dominance, the Braves, leaders of the NL East, enjoy a comfortable seven-game lead over the Dodgers. Their commitment and consistency are evident, as noted by manager Brian Snitker: "We've been consistently good. Our mission isn't accomplished yet, but I'm proud of our dedication and spirit."

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