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The Daily Chop: Acuna has monster doubleheader as Braves split with Nats

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The Braves played...a weird twin bill with Washington.

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The Braves had a busy schedule on Friday with a doubleheader against the defending champion Washington Nationals. Sure, this Nationals team has been scuffling mightily and sure they don’t look anything close to the team that made an probable run to a title last year...but that doesn’t mean that this twin bill didn’t have a lot on the line for both teams.

The first game went decisively for the Braves as Ronald Acuna Jr. returned to the lineup in a big way with a pair of home runs in the Braves’ 7-1 victory. Also of note, Tommy Milone only gave up a run in the game and considering how his first start as a Brave went...we are happy with this result.

The second game was a lot dicier as Huascar Ynoa and Luke Jackson struggled during the first few innings in the ballgame which meant the Braves were in a hole early. Freddie Freeman hit his first career grand slam to tie the game at 7 and Patrick Weigel made his major league debut in the top of the 7th. Weigel’s debut didn’t go quite as planned and that, along with some other dubious bullpen decisions, ultimately led to the Braves falling by the score of 10-9.

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