Acuna's hot July continues with big blast

Atlanta's No. 7 prospect clears batter's eye; Gohara gets first hit

Ronald Acuna has hit three home runs over his last six games for Double-A Mississippi. (Ed Gardner/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com | July 12, 2017 12:43 AM ET

Ronald Acuna left the yard Tuesday night and made sure it wasn't a cheap trip.

Atlanta's No. 7 prospect blasted a mammoth solo home run in the second inning as Double-A Mississippi built an early 6-1 lead before falling to visiting Jackson, 8-7.

Video: Mississippi's Acuna cranks monster homer

In his second game back from representing his native Venezuela and the Braves in the Futures Game in Miami on Sunday, Acuna came to the plate in the second with one out and two already home in the inning. On a 3-1 count, MLB.com's No. 86 overall prospect clobbered an offering from Generals starter Joel Payamps over the batter's eye in center field.


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Acuna's shot was his ninth home run and third in his last six games. The outfielder started the month of July on a roll at the plate. After batting .415/.467/.634 in 21 games in May, he slumped to a .232/.287/.354 in 26 June contests. So far this month, the 19-year-old has posted a .333/.359/.639 slash line through nine games.

Video: Mississippi's Gohara notches first pro hit

Atlanta's No. 9 prospect Luiz Gohara got the start for Mississippi and notched a career milestone with his first professional hit. The left-hander, ranked No. 98 overall, swatted a double to center to open the Braves' three-run second.

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Gohara allowed two runs on three hits and five walks while striking out four over four innings.

Though Mississippi held leads of five runs after two innings and four runs after six, Jackson stormed back. The Generals plated four in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run double to right by No. 2 D-backs prospect Domingo Leyba. Arizona's No. 4 prospect Dawel Lugo plated three runs and scored once on a two-hit night.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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