After the disappointment on opening day, Atlanta lost again. And again. And again.
Deliverance comes on a Wednesday, when Atlanta plays a doubleheader in Washington. The visitors stitch together a win, 7-6, in the first game for their inaugural victory. They win the second game, 2-0.
In less than six hours, Atlanta goes from 0-4 to 2-4.
A Star Outfielder Faces Accusations
Atlanta is 24-25 and not long removed from a four-game winning streak. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who won a Silver Slugger Award in 2020, is batting .213 but is a regular in the lineup after signing a four-year, $65 million deal.
A fresh addition to the injured list, Ozuna is in Georgia while his team is on a road trip when he is accused of domestic violence. Although he later enters a pretrial diversion program that can lead to the dismissal of his court case, his arrest thrusts his career into turmoil while M.L.B. conducts its own inquiry. He does not play again for Atlanta in 2021.