CLEVELAND — Nobody has had a first half of the season like Ronald Acuna Jr.
Atlanta’s four-time All-Star outfielder made history Monday night by becoming the first player to reach 20 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 50 RBIs before the All-Star break.
“Special player,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Atlanta extended its winning streak to nine straight and moved 30 games over .500 by beating the Cleveland Guardians 4-2.
The 25-year-old Acuna is also just the third player to hit 20 homers and steal 40 bases in the first 84 games, joining Rickey Henderson (1990) and Eric Davis (1986).
Before the game, Acuna was named NL Player of the Month for June, the second time he has won the award this season.
In the third inning, Acuna extended his hitting streak to 14 games before swiping his 40th base, the most he has had in a season. He stole 37 in 2019.
Acuna appeared to injure his right shoulder while making a headfirst slide. He stayed on the ground for a few moments before being helped to his feet and checked by a Braves trainer. Acuna stayed in the game and scored moments later on a single.
Snitker said Acuna was “stung a little bit” but felt fine.
There doesn’t seem to be anything the speedy Acuna can’t do.
“You go out and get a drink or go to the bathroom you might miss something you’ve never seen before,” Snitker said. “I’m just glad to have him on our team and be able to watch him every day.”
Acuna becomes 1st with 20 HRs, 40 SBs, 50 RBIs before break