Braves’ Huascar Ynoa becomes first pitcher to hit a grand slam since 2018

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In a season marred by injuries and underperformance, righty Huascar Ynoa has stepped in and kept the Atlanta Braves rotation afloat. The 22 year old took a 2.96 ERA from five starts (and one relief appearance) into Tuesday night’s start against the Washington Nationals (GameTracker). He struck out 34 batters and walked only six in 27 1/3 innings.

Ynoa is saving Atlanta’s offense, too. He slugged his first career home run in his previous start and he got a brand name: Chicago Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks. On Tuesday, Ynoa hit his second career home run. This one was a grand slam against Nationals righty Tanner Rainey. To the action footage:

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Statcast measured the home run at 427 feet, so it was not a cheap little homer. I mean, dead center field! Also, Ynoa threw a 99.6 mph fastball Tuesday night, which was the night’s fastest pitch in baseball at the time.

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