While fighting to stay in the batting lead, Luis Arráez also shows his strength. This Friday he hit home runs against the Braves to reach nine homers in the campaign and set a new personal record.
On the Braves' visit to Miami, which the Marlins ended up dominating 9-6, “La Regadera” finished 5 for 2 with two homers and a couple of RBIs.
The Venezuelan began by punishing a sinker by Bryce Elder to lead the fish 1-0 in the first inning. The connection traveled 364 feet through right field.
Later, in the seventh Arráez repeated the dose, this time against Pierce Johnson's deliveries to push Miami's fifth line and begin a reaction that would turn the scoreboard.
The previous record of home runs for Arráez was the eight he achieved last year when he won the American League batting champion.
With his hits this Friday he also reached 193 hits, being just a few steps away from completing his first campaign with 200 hits.
In addition to Arráez, the Marlins also highlighted the mask Jacob Stallings, who finished 4 for 2 with three RBIs. For the Braves, Ronald Acuña is 3-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, all of this on a night when he became the first to complete 200 hits.
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The victory was won by AJ Punk (6-5), Tanner Scott added his ninth save and Brad Hand took the loss (4-2).