Acuna, Braves romp to easy win over Phillies

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Mike Cranston

PHILADEL­PHIA » Tucked in the cor­ner of the At­lanta Braves club­house, Ozzie Al­bies couldn’t but­ton the cuff of his shirt. He called over Ron­ald Acuna Jr., and the two strug­gled for about a minute be­fore com­plet­ing the task.

While get­ting dressed up may still be a bit of a chal­lenge, the two youngest play­ers in the ma­jor leagues sure do have this baseball thing down.

The 20-year-old Acuna dou­bled twice and reached base four times to cap a suc­cess­ful first week in the ma­jors, while the 21-year-old Al­bies hit the game’s first pitch for a homer and added a tworun dou­ble in the Braves’ 10-1 rout of the Philadel­phia Phillies on Sun­day.

“Ozzie is ob­vi­ously do­ing some ridicu­lous things right now,” said Bran­don McCarthy (4-0), who went 5 1/3 in­nings to win his third game against Philadel­phia this sea­son. “And you’re see­ing early how teams are al­ready pitch­ing to Acuna.”

About all Acuna did wrong was wipe out while round­ing sec­ond in the eighth in­ning, turn­ing a sure triple into an RBI dou­ble. He walked twice, stole his first base and is hit­ting .421 (8-for-19) since be­ing called up.

It made man­ager Brian Snitker look like a ge­nius for ad­just­ing his lineup. Al­bies led off in front of Acuna. En­der In­cia­rte, dropped from first to ninth, tripled in a fiverun third in­ning off Vince Ve­lasquez (1-4) that in­clude a three-run homer by Jo­han Ca­margo in the Braves’ fourth win in five games.

“I don’t know how long we’ll roll with it,” Snitker said of his new or­der. “But we prob­a­bly will Tues­day. I kind of like it.”

McCarthy (4-0) al­lowed one run and five hits while strik­ing out six. All three of his Phillies vic­to­ries have come at the ex­pense of Ve­lasquez, who has al­lowed 16 runs against the Braves.

Aaron Altherr had three hits and scored on Maikel Franco’s grounder the fourth in the Phillies’ fourth loss in six games. Philadel­phia is 3-6 against At­lanta this sea­son.

This was de­cided early. Al­bies crushed a 93 mph fast­ball to right for his ninth homer and Acuna dou­bled to right two pitches later in the first.

In­cia­rte tripled to right to lead off the de­ci­sive third that in­cluded Nick Markakis’ two-run sin­gle and the 24-year-old Ca­margo’s first homer, both com­ing with two outs.

“I liked the way we played to­day,” Al­bies said. “We’re just go­ing out there and play­ing the game and get­ting Ws. We’re hav­ing fun on the field.”


Braves: RHP Julio Te­heran, pulled from Fri­day’s start with back pain, threw a bullpen ses­sion and is “on track” to make his next start, Snitker said.

Phillies: Strug­gling SS J.P. Craw­ford was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with a right fore­arm strain and INF Jes­muel Valentin was re­called from Triple-A Le­high Val­ley. Craw­ford is hit­ting .214 and has five throw­ing er­rors. “I think the time down could make him feel bet­ter over­all,” man­ager Gabe Kapler said. Scott Kingery re­placed Craw­ford in the lineup.


Phillies CF Odubel Her­rera drew two walks, ex­tend­ing his ca­reer-best on-base streak to 29 games.


Braves LHP Jesse Biddle, a Philadel­phia na­tive and for­mer Phillies draft pick, pitched dou­bled in a run off Luis Gar­cia in the ninth in his first ma­jor league plate ap­pear­ance.

“I closed my eyes,” Biddle, who threw score­less in­nings. “I got lucky.” said two very


Six-time All-Star Jose Bautista, signed by At­lanta to a mi­nor league deal on April 18, went went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Triple-A Gwin­nett on Sun­day. .


The Braves re­leased OF Peter Bour­jos, four days af­ter he was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to open a ros­ter spot for Acuna. . The Phillies op­tioned RHP Jake Thomp­son to Triple-A af­ter he al­lowed three runs and three hits in 3 2/3 in­nings.


Braves: Af­ter an off day in New York, LHP Sean New­comb (1-1, 4.23 ERA) starts Tues­day night against Mets RHP Noah Syn­der­gaard (20, 2.86).

Phillies: RHP Jake Ar­ri­eta (3-0, 1.82) starts Mon­day night at Mi­ami. Mar­lins RHP Dan Straily (right fore­arm strain) is sched­uled to make his sea­son de­but. Kapler said RHP Zach Eflin will start Tues­day in place of HP Ben Lively (strained lower back).


At­lanta’s Ron­ald Acuna Jr., right, dives into sec­ond base af­ter a the Phillies Sun­day in Philadel­phia. dou­ble to right field in the first in­ning of a game against

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