Ronald Acuna Jr (26-Atlanta Braves) was taken out of the game after being hit in the elbow by a pitch. Fortunately, the injury was not serious, but it was definitely a scary moment.
Acuna Jr. started in right field against the Pittsburgh Pirates on 9 September at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and went 1-for-3 with a home run and one RBI. His season batting average is .339.
He exploded for a long ball in the first inning. Leading off the inning, Acuna Jr. took a two-pitch 96.4 mph fastball from Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller over the centre field fence. It was an instant home run. It flew at a whopping 109.4 mph and travelled 448 feet (136 metres). Season 26.
Acuna Jr.’s home run gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead, but it was short-lived as the A’s gave up three runs in the bottom of the first.
메이저사이트 No runs followed. In his second at-bat, with runners on first and second, he was unable to get a hit. He hit a fastball cutter, but it was an infield grounder. Acuna Jr. came to the plate in the top of the fourth inning with the score tied 3-3. This time, he hit a three-pitch sweeper that was grounded to first base.
The next at-bat was a problem. In the top of the sixth inning, with his team trailing 4-6, he stepped to the plate with one out. He faced reliever Colin Hudman. Two pitches later, a 97-mph (156-kilometre) sinker turned towards his body and struck his left elbow.
Realising it was an injury, Acuna Jr. threw his bat away and was immediately in pain. A trainer came out to check on him, and he walked to the dugout. The emotional Akuna Junior threw his helmet away.
X-rays were taken and, thankfully, the injury was not serious: they were negative. It appears to be a bruise, not a fracture.
Acuna Jr. is in the running for National League MVP this season. He is batting .339 with 26 home runs, 68 RBIs, 53 doubles, a .422 slugging percentage and a 1.009 OPS. He’s on pace for 36 home runs and 77 doubles.