Ronald Acuña Jr debuts with a three-run homer in Venezuelan baseball
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Venezuelan big league star Ronald Acuña Jr hit a three-run homer in his first baseball game in his country, in a 9-1 win for his team, Tiburones de La Guaira, against the Navegantes del Magallanes.

Acuña made his debut in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) going pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, with no outs, and caught a fastball from right-handed reliever Anthony Vizcaya to send the ball into the center field stands of the José Bernardo Pérez stadium From Valencia.

The shot, which found Carlos Castro in circulation, opened a five-score rally for his team.

Acuña, 24, was scheduled to make his debut for the Sharks on Wednesday at the Forum in La Guaira, in a game against the Cardenales de Lara, but he moved up his debut.

On November 4, the patrolman confirmed that he would play for the first time in the LVBP, after receiving permission from the Atlanta Braves, his organization in the Major Leagues.

“Hello, my people. Thank God we have obtained that permit (…). See you soon,” the player commented then in a video broadcast on social networks by the Sharks.

Acuña Jr. was the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year and has been an All-Star in three of his five major league seasons.

Returning from a severe ligament injury in his right knee, the outfielder hit .266 this year in 119 games with the Braves, with 24 doubles, 15 home runs, 50 RBIs and 71 runs scored. He hit career highs of 41 home runs, 101 RBIs and 127 runs scored in 2019.

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