Jaffe: Braves’ Ronald Acuña makes history in doubleheader

From SABR member Jay Jaffe at FanGraphs on August 14, 2018:

Braves rookie Ronald Acuña has been on a tear lately. On Monday against the Marlins in Atlanta, the 20-year-old phenom did something that only three other players have done in over a century: lead off both games of a doubleheader with a home run. In the opener on Monday afternoon, the makeup of an August 1 rainout, Acuña clubbed Miami starter Pablo López’s fifth pitch of the game, a center-cut 93 mph four-seamer, an estimated 414 feet to center field.

Acuña later added a two-run double in that contest, which Braves went on to win, 9-1. In the nightcap, he hit the first pitch of Merandy Gonzalez’s first start, also a well-centered 93 mph four-seamer (jeez, kid, watch the tapes) an estimated 441 feet to center.

The Braves took that one as well, 6-1. With that pair of homers, Acuna etched himself in the record books.

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Originally published: August 15, 2018. Last Updated: August 15, 2018.