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.
The Braves won despite a rough outing from Max Fried. Acuña crushed the ball, while the Atlanta bullpen help the Nationals to a single run.
This game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Pablo Sandoval once again proved his pinch-hitting chops, blasting a two-run homer to center field to plate the eventual winning runs.
Following their two victories on Wednesday, the Braves announced that right-hander Mike Soroka had experienced a setback in his rehab. Soroka will be shut down for two weeks after being diagnosed with right shoulder inflammation.
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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