CHICAGO – Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies entertained the fans with the playful, youthful energy they brought to the stage on a daily basis. If they feel well in the next few days, they will feel the thrill of experiencing the All-Star game together.
Acuna strengthened his all-star credentials with another leadoff homer and Albies filled his resume with a shot-ahead Homer, who backed up Max Fried's strong performance as the Braves won a 3: 2 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. Victory against the Cubs Mike Montgomery gave the Braves a lead in the seventh inning, which they retained with the support of Anthony Swarzak, who escaped the threat he had inherited in the eighth inning of Sean Newcomb.
Close Friends Since First Meeting In the 2015 Instructional League, Albies and Acuna are two of the key offensive figures who have helped the Braves win 14 of their last 18 games and a lead of 5 1/2 games in the National To reach League East. They are two of the seven players who will participate in the All-Star Starters Election, starting at 12:00 ET on Wednesday.
Acuna gave Fried an early advantage as he drove the first pitch of the game to the left grandstand. It was the twelfth starting shot for the 21-year-old outfielder, who has scored just 109 starts in Atlanta. He is linked to Rafael Furcal for the second most popular home race in the history of Braves and is five behind Felipe Alou's franchise record.
Mark Bowman reports on the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.