The Atlanta Braves have an opportunity, finally, to climb to over .500 on Sunday following a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. Unfortunately, that win came with a heavy price, though. Ronald Acuna, Jr., one of the game’s most entertaining players, went down with a torn ACL and has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the season as a result. The soon-to-be All-Star Game starter was attempting a leaping grab in the fifth inning off the bat of speedster Jazz Chisholm, who would inside-the-park homer on the play when he landed awkwardly.
Not for the first time in his career, there were many that were hoping it would be a temporary setback for the Venezuelan. But this time it was much, much worse, and he’ll be out for the rest of the year and possibly into the early stretch of 2022. Acuna’s season finishes with him having hit 24 home runs and driven in 52 RBI’s while hitting .283. Freddie Freeman proved to be the difference-maker in the outcome of the contest, singling in the game’s first run as well as hitting a two-run homer in the top half of the fifth. The Braves, 44-44, are four behind the New York Mets as we head into Sunday, the final day of the ‘first half of the regular season.