Braves are screwed out of the early lead by Fenway Park

Matt Olson looked like he’d given the Atlanta Braves an early lead with a home run against the Red Sox, but Fenway Park had other plans.

After this Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox combined for 16 runs in an extra-innings affair on Tuesday to start their two-game streak at Fenway Park, a scoreless first inning then resulted in Matt Olson visiting first baseman, who officiated the second inning. And he decided that he would take the goose egg off the scoreboard for his team.

Staring at Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta, Olson caught one and sent it into deep right field. Both teams’ broadcast booths seemed to think it was gone.

Only it wasn’t. And the only reason it didn’t was because the two teams were playing at Fenway Park that Wednesday night.

Braves: Matt Olson robbed of home run by Fenway Park

To be clear, Fenway Park combined with the weather in Boston are the only reason Matt Olson didn’t give the Braves an early lead. Where he hit the ball in deep right field, that would have been a home run at any other major league ballpark but not at Fenway with its funky right field dimensions.

To make matters worse, it would have been a homer at Fenway, too, if the wind hadn’t just blown in, causing the ball to go 10 feet shorter and three feet to the left of where it normally would have been would have gone – aka just before over the fence.

Talk about some bad luck.

That certainly wasn’t what the Braves were hoping for from this attack, and despite a big cut on his next trip to the plate, Olson couldn’t get it right when he flew out. But he must feel like Fenway Park stole one from him on Wednesday. Braves are screwed out of the early lead by Fenway Park

John Verrall

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