Atlanta Braves Continue Perfect Streak at New Stadium

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 18, 2017

The Atlanta Braves knocked off the San Diego Padres on Monday in walk-off fashion thanks to rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson, improving the team's record at SunTrust Park to 4-0 this season.

The club's early-season perfection marks the longest winning streak any major league team has recorded to start a campaign at a new home ballpark since the Braves opened Turner Field 20 years ago and started 5-0, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

First baseman Freddie Freeman made perhaps the biggest impact in the contest, becoming the first player at the Braves' new home to hit multiple home runs in a game. Among the names to do the same in the past were Michael Tucker at Turner Field and Hall-of-Famers Joe Torre (Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium), Eddie Mathews (Milwaukee County Stadium) and Rabbit Maranville (Boston's Braves Field).

The club picked things up at the end of 2016 following a horrid start, going 18-10 in the final 28 games to finish the season 68-93. 2017 didn't start much better for the Braves. They didn't get to open their home stadium until last Friday, playing three road series before that. After losing two of three to the New York Mets in the season-opening series, Atlanta was swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates and lost its first game against the Miami Marlins.

After losing two of three to the New York Mets in the season-opening series, Atlanta was swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates and lost its first game against the Miami Marlins. The series-opening loss dropped the team's record to 1-6 through seven games.

Things have turned a corner since then. Atlanta took the final game of the two-game set with the Marlins last Wednesday and returned home to open up SunTrust Park with a four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.

It may be difficult for the club to stretch that to five with Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer set to oppose them on the mound Tuesday evening.

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