See you next year, Marlins.
And here's something else to remember Ronald Acuna before you go.
The Braves played their 19th and final game this season against the Miami Marlins on Thursday night at SunTrust Park and beat them for the 15th time. Appropriately, Akuna limited his dominant dominance over the season by providing a split, two-run single in the ninth inning to win 3-2 in Atlanta.
"Yes, I definitely think it was … a fitting end to the way we played Marlin," Akuna said through a translator. "But I would much rather … hit a home game against them."
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"It's dominance," said Mike Soroca. "It's simple. He came to play every day, and I don't know if it had anything to do with last year (when Marlins owner Jose Urena rudely punched Acuna in the elbow of the first pitch).
" He does it against all the teams. . But what he did against them, I think, put them in a situation where they would take him to the plate and everyone knows there is a good chance of harm. "
Now look at Braves vs. Marlin numbers: 15-4 record this season and a 29-9 record over the last two seasons – the most wins by any National League team against any opponent in any given period.
Acuna reached the poster against the Marlins for the last time this year with two outs and new teammate Adine Hekavaria at third base in the bottom of the ninth. Hechavaria had led the inning with a double down the left field line.
No one in the stadium was surprised when Acuna lined Ryne Stanek's 2-2 splitter in left center for the end of the game.
"I had a pretty good feeling (that's going to happen)," Braves manager – said Brian Snitker. "He had a really incredible year against this one club, that's for sure."
"He made the pitch hit," Soroka said, "and he didn't miss." this season, the second ended with a blow to Akuna.
And so a series that began on Tuesday night with another Marlins (Elieser Hernandez) hit by Akuna with his first pitch, this time aside, ended on Thursday night with a strike by Akuna. Between them, Akuna hit a home run two games Wednesday.
The Braves took 1-0 in the second inning on Thursday of an RBI single by veteran shortstop Hechavari, who has been hit in five of six games since joining the team last week. But they trailed 2-1 in the seventh when the Marlins scored three consecutive hits against an otherwise excellent Soroca, who allowed only five hits in seven innings. Host Freddie Freeman in the eighth, his 34th season, finished the game and put the final in the ninth inning.
The win was the Braves' fifth in a row and finished 7-2 at home. Now they are on the road to six games: three in New York against the Mets this weekend, a makeup game in Colorado on Monday and two games in Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The trip opens on Friday night with last year's NL Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom launching for the Mets. Mike Foltinevic will start for the Braves.
As for the Marlins: Acuna and the Braves will be back with them on April 3, next season, home opener.
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