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Another day, another big game for Acuna

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ronald Acuna Jr. has transitioned to the Majors so smoothly, he had his manager thinking something astounding might happen when he stepped to the plate with the chance to tie the game in the eighth inning.

"I kind of felt like Acuna might hit a three-run homer in the eighth," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He kind of had that feel."

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PHILADELPHIA -- Ronald Acuna Jr. has transitioned to the Majors so smoothly, he had his manager thinking something astounding might happen when he stepped to the plate with the chance to tie the game in the eighth inning.

"I kind of felt like Acuna might hit a three-run homer in the eighth," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "He kind of had that feel."

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Unfortunately for the Braves, Acuna grounded out in the at-bat, and the team's last real threat was quieted in a 7-3 loss to the Phillies. But Acuna again showed what he's capable of with his bat and his glove during his third Major League game.

The 20-year-old outfielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and made a diving grab in left field on Friday night.

Video: ATL@PHI: Acuna lays out to make a four-star catch

Acuna's first-inning double off Phillies ace Aaron Nola left his bat at 111.8 mph, making it the hardest-hit ball by any Braves player all season. Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford tried to make a diving stop but did not have much of a chance as the ball went into the left-center field gap and Acuna hustled into second base.

It was his third extra-base hit in five at-bats, and he followed it up with a single in the seventh inning.

Acuna flashed another one of his five tools in the third inning when he robbed Odubel Herrera of extra bases with a diving catch in left field. The grab was rated four stars by Statcast™ and had a 44 percent catch rate.

"It was a great catch," Snitker said. "He's doing something every night."

Stephen Pianovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Philadelphia.

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