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The Daily Chop: Sweep of doubleheader, Soroka setback, Acuña hot hitting, and more

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The Braves got their first and second wins of the season on Wednesday.

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Game 2 Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Braves swept a doubleheader against the Nationals on Wednesday. Among the heroes in those efforts were Ronald Acuña, Pablo Sandoval, and Huascar Ynoa, but maybe the most pleasant came in the final inning of the second game, when embattled Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb entered the game. Newcomb was tasked with nailing down a win for Atlanta, and did so in impressive fashion as he struck out the side, pumping fastballs in the upper 90’s to overpower Washington and give the Braves a victory. An outing like this could be a turning point for Newcomb as he looks to nail down a spot in the bullpen this season.

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Ronnie put on a laser show throughout the series in Washington.

Acuña produced his sixth career multi-homer game on Tuesday, and he has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits through the first two games of this series. His leadoff double positioned him to score on a passed ball in the first, and his second-inning single led to him sprinting home when d’Arnaud hit the double off the left-center-field wall.

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