Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna encountered a bit of bad luck Sunday — and it cost him.
When Ozuna launched a 415-foot shot to center field off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen, he stood at the plate for seven seconds and watched what he thought was the tie-breaking run in the top of the fourth inning. Instead, the ball bounced off the bottom of the home run porch just to the right of center field and landed back in play.
The delayed reaction forced Ozuna to settle for a single, and Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled him from the game two innings later.
Marcell Ozuna stood and watched what he thought was a home run… he ended up with a single 🥶pic.twitter.com/vL0xMFN69Y
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 4, 2023
Now, in Ozuna's defense, his hit would've been a home run in 23 of 30 MLB ballparks. But at Chase Field, it wasn't. Ozuna made it to second on a wild pitch and eventually reached third, he but didn't score.
The Braves manager later confirmed that he pulled Ozuna because he watched the ball rather than hustling to the bases.
"Yeah," Snitker said of why he substituted Murphy for Ozuna. "I guarantee he feels worse about it than I did for having to take him out."
Ozuna is batting .227/.312/.468 in 2023 with 11 home runs and 23 RBI. He has hit .167 in his past 24 at-bats with four hits, two runs and one RBI. The Braves lead the NL East with a 35-24 record.