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Michael Harris II beat the go-ahead three times for the Braves

ATLANTA – Austin Riley is approaching another 30-homer season and Ronald Acuña Jr. it also acts like a star. But if you can see why the Braves suddenly left for hell, you can’t ignore the tremendous impact that Michael Harris II has made since his arrival at the Majors.

Harris made two strikes, plus a triple three in the snow, to help the Braves extend their victory to seven games with a 13-2 win over A’s Wednesday night at Truist Park. The dominant fans of the World Series have gone 8-3 since raising the 21-year-old from the Double-A Mississippi on May 28.

“I just came here hoping to do what I did for Ana,” Harris said. “I feel like I’m doing the same thing, I’m just going to go out and try to help us win. We’re on our way, so you can’t ask for more.

There was plenty for the Braves to celebrate, as they swept the two-game series with the help of Riley, Ozzie Albies, Adam Duvall and William Contreras, all of whom were delighted with Ian Anderson’s strong start.

Anderson saw Oakland take the lead twice in the fourth, but found he was well ahead after Harris hit his first job three times in the right lane.

Harris followed his third bag and started with a seventh and a double run. He is now batting .268 and .701 OPS through the first 11 games of his career, which is quite impressive considering he has only played 197 games and showed 828 plate appearances at the Minor League level.

But even if Harris struggled, his defense would be enough to make him an everyday player in Atlanta.

“She’s been amazing,” Anderson said. “She’s just the kind of person you want to pull off. He has such an infectious nature, and it seems he has begun to find his way. He’s just a fun player. “

After Harris entered the midfield on the right to steal Sean Murphy’s extra-double hit Tuesday night, Braves founder Kyle Wright said it was probably the best fish he had ever seen. Andruw Jones, who won ten Gold Glove Award awards, was present and in awe.

Harris, who volunteered to be a pitcher at Texas Tech, showed off his big arm Wednesday, when he was about to throw a laser from the center field when he denied Ramón Laureano’s attempt to reach third place. Blessed with an extra arm, height and speed, the young player is like Braves’ No. 1 hope with MLB’s No. 57 all hope on the MLB Pipeline.

“He has a good baseball mindset,” said Braves, Brian Snitker. “I’m really impressed. Jumping alone, his arm and his reading, have been quite impressive. “

Harris graduated from Stockbridge High School in Atlanta and was picked up by the Braves in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft a few weeks later. He received a brief overview of professional football this summer, but when COVID-19 banned the 2020 Minor League season, he only worked at another Braves training ground (Triple-A Gwinnett’s Coolray Field). That’s why most of his experiences in high school came when he played at High-A level.

The Braves realized the opportunity he was taking and chased Harris to the big leagues. But at the same time, the importance of tackling their foreign security challenges caused them to relocate. The impact is clear, especially now that Acuña has secured its ACL recovery and right-back play for the past five games.

With Acuña on the right, Harris in the middle and Adam Duvall on the left, the Braves have one of the best defensive games. This system makes Marcell Ozuna a fighter and reduces the fatigue that Duvall feels when playing every day.

Duvall has made the most of his last three games as he went 6-for-13 with two, three and two homers. Continuing to revive could only increase the value that Harris has brought since he jumped to the Majors.

“Growing up, I always played against top talent and played more than my age,” said Harris. “I feel that it prepared me for that reality, and it gives me great joy. I feel special. ”

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