These games are so satisfying. There wasn’t a great offensive showing by the majority of the team (non-Acuna hitters, at least), but this is what good teams do: do enough to pile up wins against beat bad teams.
The first star of the show tonight was Ronald Acuna. He hit lead off home runs in the 1st and 3rd. He’s been a little light on home run power this year, so it’s nice to see him erupt. After averaging a home run every 15 ABs last year and 16.8 for his career, he had hit a home run every 40 ABs coming into tonight. This is obviously a step in the right direction.
The other star was Kyle Wright. He pitched eight innings, giving up 2, striking out 7, and not walking a soul. This was his first time completing 8 innings in his major league career; in fact, it’s the first time even seeing the 8th inning. He looked great, locating with great command, and his fastball looked great. The guy is turning a corner.
Michael Harris, though quiet at the plate, provided another great catch that may not make it into the highlights. He’s routinely getting great jobs on balls and catching balls with low catch probability with ease.
Kenley Jansen had an effortless 9th, giving up two weak outs and a strikeout. I don’t think we’re getting the peak of Kenley’s career, but he’s a closer, and every team needs a closer.
The downside of the night was Austin Riley getting the ole Golden Sombero, four strikeouts in one game.