Three days ago, Ozzie Albies was selected to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. The first of many to come in his career.
On Wednesday, the 5-foot-9 phenomenon entered the contest batting .375 in the month of July, including five extra-base hit games. Albies’ performance against the Toronto Blue Jays demonstrated to the baseball world once again why he will be an all-star for years to come. Albies became the 5th Braves player to launch a home run from both the left and right side of the plate in a game and the first since Nick Swisher accomplished this feat in 2015.
Albies stepped into the left-side of the batter’s box with the Braves leading 5-0 in the bottom of the 6th. Following an 0-1 count, RPH Luis Sanots delivered an 84mph changeup right down the heart of the plate. The newly elected All-Star sent a fan home with a souvenir, crushing a 386-foot bomb into the right-field bleachers.
After knocking his first homer since July 3, Albies night wasn’t quite over. Following an unexpected five-run inning from the Blue Jays in the 7th and trimming the lead to two, Albies had another opportunity to extend the Braves lead.
Danny Santana doubled to open the 8th inning. Bringing the 21-year-old sensation up to bat. With LHP Aaron Loup on the hill, Albies entered the right side of the box. Albies dug himself into another 0-1 count. This time he smothered a low in the zone 85mph cutter over the center field wall, notching his 4th RBI of the night and extending the Braves lead to 9-5.
This is a great night for any player, especially with their mother and family members in attendance at SunTrust Park.
“My mom told me, ‘I want a home run tonight.’ I was like I’m not going to look for it. I’m just going to see what I can do for you tonight,” Albies said during his postgame interview with FOX Sports South reporter Kelsey Wingert.
He delivered not once, but twice. Albies mentioned he’s accomplished this feat back in a spring training game, but that doesn’t count according to Albies.
The second baseman recorded his 19th and 20th homers of the year, becoming the first Braves player with 20+ home runs before the All-Star break since Andruw Jones hit 20 in 2006.