VIDEO: Fan catches Lucas Duda home run ball in his bucket of popcorn

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In the sixth inning of last night’s Mets-Braves game, Lucas Duda hit a long home run into the seats in right field at Turner Field. One creative fan decided to use his popcorn bucket to catch it. With something made out of cardboard, there’s a chance for something to go very wrong, but it worked out just wonderfully in this case:

This was a much cleaner catch that than the other popcorn bucket catch we saw earlier this season. But I suppose this guy has more life experience, so it makes sense. Lots more opportunities to catch things with your popcorn bucket.

Video: Ronald Acuña Jr. second-youngest to join 30-30 club

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Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.

Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.

It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.