Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning when he clubbed a walk-off three-run home run to left-center field against Padres reliever Brandon Maurer. Hechavarria’s effort helped the Marlins avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Padres, and halted their four-game losing streak. With the Phillies streaking, the floundering Marlins have picked up some steam in the race for the first overall draft pick in next year’s draft, as they only “trail” the Phillies by 2.5 games for the worst record in baseball.
Hechavarria has put together an adequate season, batting .279/.311/.375 with five home runs and 42 RBI while playing superb defense at shortstop.
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.