On Sunday night, Ronald Acuña Jr. became the youngest player in the history of baseball to hit a grand slam in the post-season. In the 2nd inning, Dodgers pitcher Walker Beuhler left a fastball up in the zone and Acuña Jr. absolutely demolished it.
— MLB (@MLB) October 8, 2018
Acuña had a spectacular rookie season with a slash line of .293/.366/.552. He drove in 64 RBIs with 26 home runs and recorded an OPS of .917. It would be an upset if Acuña Jr. didn’t win the NL Rookie of the Year.
The record was previously held by Hall of Famer Yankee Mickey Mantle. Mantle was 21 years and 349 days old when he hit the grand slam in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series. Acuña Jr. was 20 years and 292 days old.
After the game, Acuña Jr. stated that he had never heard of Mickey Mantle. “I wasn’t even born.” Acuña Jr. said.
The grand slam came after Beuhler had walked in Braves’ pitcher Sean Newcomb on four straight pitches to make it 1-0.
The Dodgers took the first two games in Los Angelas and almost came all the way back to complete the sweep.
Justin Turner got things started for the Dodgers in the 3rd with a single to left field that scored Kike Hernández and Chris Taylor. Turner was able to advance to second on a throwing error by Acuña Jr.
The Dodgers tied it up in the 5th inning with a 2-run home run by Taylor and a solo shot by Max Muncy.
The momentum had completely shifted into the Dodgers’ favor until Freddie Freeman stepped to the dish and uncorked a 415 ft bomb to put the Braves up 6-5.
The Braves held on to win 6-5 making the series 2-1. They are alive for now but the Braves must win out if they are going to advance to the NLDS.
The winner of this series will take on the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday October 12.
Rich Hill will be on the bump for the Dodgers for Game 4 and will look to finish the series Monday against Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz.