July 24, 2021

Ronald Acuña Jr., Ian Anderson lead Braves to 1-0 win over Mets (Talking Chop)

Ronald Acuña Jr. homered again while Ian Anderson turned in a good outing in a 1-0 win over the New York Mets.

The Braves missed a golden opportunity in the first against Mets righty Jerad Eickhoff who was making his first start in the Majors since 2019. Ronald Acuña Jr. led off the game with a double. After a Freddie Freeman pop out, Ozzie Albies and Abraham Almonte walked to load the bases. Austin Riley worked the count full but then chased a low and away slider for the second out. Dansby Swanson then tapped back to the mound to end the threat.

The Mets threatened against Ian Anderson in the second. Pete Alonso led off the inning with a single. Dominic Smith followed with a single of his own but Acuña cut Alonso down when he tried to advance to third.

The game would remain scoreless into the fifth when Acuña took matters into his own hands again as he launched home run No. 20 on a hanging slider from Miguel Castro to begin the fifth.

Anderson had retired eight straight before Jonathan Villar hooked a double into the right field corner with one out in the sixth. He would exit in favor of A.J. Minter who would be brought on to face Francisco Lindor with the tying…

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