The Atlanta Braves came into Wednesday having started the 2021 Major League Baseball season 0-4. Though far from disastrous, it was not the kind of record anyone would have preferred to have right off the bat. But they turned things around over the course of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, winning both and grabbing a modicum of momentum as a result of it. In the opener, it was Ronald Acuna, Jr. that shined the brightest in a 7-6 win. He set the tone by scoring the game’s first run and had went 3-4.
He also would be a part of a five-run explosion in the second inning that gave the Braves a 6-4 advantage. Ozzie Albies drove a run in in that frame, and he did the same in the seventh inning to give them a bit of much-needed insurance. In the second game of the doubleheader, they also got a win in another tight contest. It had been a pitcher’s duel throughout, with only five total hits for the entirety of the game. In fact, the total base count for both teams combined ended up being just nine. So, there was hardly anyone even on base. Dansby Swanson found his way on in the seventh and final inning and veteran Pablo ‘Panda’ Sandoval stepped up by delivering a two-run homer to put the Braves in front. Sean Newcomb saved the game from there, and the Braves went from no wins in four to having two in matter of hours.