Acuña hit a monstrous home run, made a tremendous catch, added a pair of doubles and notched his fifth career four-hit game to back an impressive start by Charlie Morton, who allowed just one run over six innings. Ehire Adrianza came off the bench to hit a three-run homer and add to the celebratory feel of the home opener.
He energized the hometown crowd in the fifth inning when he gave the Braves a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run that traveled 456 feet with a 114.1 mph exit velocity, per Statcast. This was the third home run of the young season for the 23-year-old outfielder, who has accounted for four of the five 114+ mph homers the Braves have hit since the start of 2015.
This long blast just added to the portfolio Acuña has built through a little more than three seasons. Including the playoffs, he now has a MLB-best 10 450-plus-foot home runs going back to his 2018 debut season.
Making his first start for the Braves since 2008, Morton allowed just one Phillie to reach second base through the first five innings. The 37-year-old veteran encountered potential trouble when a J.T. Realmuto single put runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth inning. But Acuña prevented any damage when he raced back and jumped to catch Alec Bohm’s hard liner in front of the right field wall.