Ronald Acuña Jr. (26), leadoff hitter for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB), exploded with power. He celebrated with the fastest home run of the season.
Acuña Jr. was batting first and starting in right field for the 2023 MLB regular season game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday. He hit a leadoff solo shot in the top of the third inning.안전놀이터
The home run came against Dodgers starting pitcher Amit Sheehan. He fouled off a 79.1-mile-per-hour (127.3 km/h) sweeper on the first pitch and then followed with two consecutive 94.9-mile-per-hour (152.7 km/h) four-seam fastballs. With a 3-0 pitch count, he saw a 94.5 mph (152.1 km/h) fastball outside the strike zone. Took a well-timed pitch and smashed it over the center field fence.
He hit the ball 121.2 miles per hour (194.9 kilometers per hour). It was the fastest home run of the season. It was the third-fastest home run since Statcast began keeping track in 2015. The distance was recorded at 138 meters. After going 1-for-5 with a double, a home run and an RBI on the day, Aquino Jr. is batting .337 on the season. He has 32 home runs, 85 RBI, 63 doubles and a 1.001 OPS. He was on pace for 40 homers, 100 RBIs, 60 doubles, and an OPS of over 1.
In the game, Atlanta broke through in extra innings. They took the lead in the bottom of the second on a home run by Acuña Jr. but gave up a run in the top of the third to tie the game. The game then went to extra innings in a pitcher’s duel, with the Dodgers scoring three runs in the top of the 10th to take the win. The defense held the Dodgers to one run in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure the 4-2 victory.
The win extended their winning streak to six games and gave them 90 wins (45 losses) on the season. They maintained their lead in the National League East and maintained the best winning percentage in the majors (.667). The Dodgers dropped their third straight to Atlanta, improving to 83-52.